Klipfish (Black devil)
Klipfish are only found in Tristan and nowhere else in the world! Although Klipfish is commonly found in rock pools very little information is known about them. They live in the remote habitat of the oceanic islands of Tristan da Cunha, and are most commonly seen around Gough. Juveniles are found in rock pools while adults are in depths of up to 20m moving to deeper waters during spawning season. The larvae stay in the water column changing their body colour to silver and creating schools of post-larvae fishes. These schools are often targeted by snoek fish, who feeds on baby Klipfish. When juveniles reach 5-6cm long they settle in shallow waters and tide pools.
Also known as St. Paul’s fingerfin, with part of its name “dactylus” meaning fingers. It’s called 5 finger because its pectoral fin looks like a hand with 5 fingers.