Cochleoceps orientalis Hutchins 1991
eastern cleaner-clingfish min common
Cochleoceps orientalis, eastern cleaner-clingfish

Gobiesocidae - clingfishes

The Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish, Cochleoceps orientalis, is yellow to orange with red spots and purple dashes. It has no scales, but is covered by a thick mucus.
The Eastern Cleaner-Clingfish has a sucker on its underside with which it attaches to the rocks, kelp, sponges or ascidians. It doesn't often swim in open water.
Cochleoceps orientalis
cleans a range other fishes. Eggs are guarded by the male.

Distribution =   east coast of Australia, NSW and Vic
Max size =   55mm