Gobiesocidae - clingfishes

Clingfishes are small fishes with large flattened heads with a suction disk formed from the pelvic and pectoral fins on its underside. They prefer hard bottoms or reefs but can be found on mud bottoms and seagrasses. They sometimes take shelter among the spines of sea urchins or feather stars. There is one species common inshore in Texas, the skilletfish. It can usually be found amongst oyster reefs, and its common to find their eggs laid down on the inside of empty oyster shells. It is the male that guards the eggs until they hatch. They are scaleless and slimy and are difficult to pick up or hold.