oa African Zoology - Species richness and abundance of clinid fish (Teleostei; Clinidae) in intertidal rock pools

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Factors affecting species richness and abundance of clinid fish (Fam. Clinidae) in 19 intertidal rock pools near Muizenberg, South Africa, were investigated. Some measure of cover is the most important predictor of clinid species richness, abundance and biomass. Intraspecific partitioning of habitat by Clinus superciliosus was observed, and apparently occurs in C. cottoides as well. Fish were observed to move between pools during high tides, and some individuals showed fidelity to particular pools. There is some evidence for suggesting that C. superciliosus might be a colonizing species.

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