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.

40 - 70 m depth on red algae beds and detritic bottoms. Rare.

Buenia massutii

Photograph: Xavier Rufray ©
Male, note long dorsal fin. Côte d'Azur, France. Oct. 2020. 41 m depth.


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Balearic Islands, Spain and France.




Literature on Buenia massutii


Kovacic M., 2020: Checklist of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae) of the Mediterranean Sea and a key for species identification. Zootaxa 4877: 075-101.

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.

Ordines F., Ramirez-Amaro S. Burgos C. et al., 2020: First record of Buenia massutii Kovacic, Ordines, & Schliewen, 2017 in the Atlantic Ocean based on molecular and morphological evidences. J. Appl. Icht. 36: 85-89.






Photographs of Buenia massutii

Buenia massutii
Female. Freshly collected specimen (from Kovacic et al., 2016)
Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©
Buenia massutii
Côte d'Azur, France. Oct. 2020, 42 m depth.
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris ©
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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State: 2021-01-03
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