Buenia massutii
Kovacic, Ordines & Schliewen, 2016

Common names: English: Massuti's goby
German: Massuti-Grundel

Synonyms: none.

Length: 2.2 cm.

In both sexes head and body yellowish white to dusky white with scattered yellow, orange and dark brown pigments. Predorsal area dusky whitish with scattered melanophores and small patches of orange. Eyes green golden to brass, with dark green to black pupil. D dark and orange pigmented at fin base and sometimes with few scattered melanophores in the upper part of the fins.

Body moderately elongate, laterally compressed towards caudal fin. Anterior oculoscapular canal only semiclosed; posterior oculoscapular canal absent; suborbital row c with 5 papillae. The second spine of the first dorsal fin the longest, reaching to or behind posterior end of the second dorsal fin in males when folded down. Pelvic fin anterior membrane one sixth or less of length of spinous ray in midline depth.
26-28 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I/7; A I/6-7; P 16.

Carnivorous. Not much informations. Mollusks.

No informations.

50 - 70 m depth on red algae beds. Rare.

Buenia massutii

Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©
Female. Freshly collected specimen (from Kovacic et al,. 2016)


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Mallorca, Balearic Islands.




Literature on Buenia massutii


Kovacic M., Ordines F. & Schliewen U., 2016: A new species of Buenia (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the western Mediterranean Sea, with the description of this genus. Zootaxa 4050: 447-460.

Kovacic M., Ordines F., Vivas M., Garcia-Ruiz C. Guijarro B., 2019: Westernmost Mediterranean records of three gobiid species (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Gobiidae). Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 49: 275-282.






Photographs of Buenia massutii



Buenia massutii
Holotype. Male. Preserved specimen (from Kovacic et al,. 2016)
Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©
Buenia massutii
Male. Freshly collected specimen (from Kovacic et al,. 2016)
Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©





Drawing of Buenia massutii


Drawing from Kovacic et al., 2016

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