Smithichthys fucorum

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Smithichthys fucorum
Annals of the South African Museum = Annale van die Suid-Afrikaanse Museum (1969) (18415185365).jpg
(a) Lateral view, male, 101 mm, St. James, 16/5/1965, S.A.M.; (b) Head pore system; (c) Intromittent organ of male; (d) Lateral line
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Clinidae
Genus: Smithichthys
C. Hubbs, 1952
Species: S. fucorum
Binomial name
Smithichthys fucorum
(Gilchrist & W. W. Thompson, 1908)
  • Clinus fucorum (Gilchrist & W. W. Thompson, 1908)
  • Myxodes fucorum (Gilchrist & W. W. Thompson, 1908)
  • Pavoclinus fucorum (Gilchrist & W. W. Thompson, 1908)

Smithichthys fucorum, the Leafy klipfish, is a species of clinid found along the coast of South Africa from Cape Point to the Bashee River. Its preferred habitat is amongst seaweed in the subtidal zone. It can reach a maximum length of 30 centimetres (12 in) TL. It is currently the only known member of its genus.[1]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Smithichthys fucorum" in FishBase. April 2013 version.