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Modicus (fish)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiesociformes
Family: Gobiesocidae
Subfamily: Gobiesocinae
Genus: Modicus
Hardy, 1983
Type species
Modicus minimus
Hardy, 1983

Modicus is a genus of clingfishes endemic to the shores of New Zealand.

Characteristics

The genus Modicus is distinguished from closely related genera by the possession of well-developed gill rakers; rays in the pectoral fin; and by having their teeth clustered at the front of either jaw, each jaw having up to two well-developed canines with the lower jaw having a single row of backward curving teeth. There are gill filaments on the first 3 gill arches and the gill membranes are fused medially with the isthmus. The sucker is a double disc formed by the fused pelvic fins.

Species

There are currently two recognized species in this genus:

  • Modicus minimus Hardy, 1983
  • Modicus tangaroa Hardy, 1983
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