Chromogobius zebratus
   (Kolombatovic, 1891)

Common names: English: Kolombatovic's goby
German: Quergestreifte Grundel

Common synonym: Gobius depressus Kolombatovic, 1891

Length: 4 - 6 cm.

Five pale saddles. Light brown with more than 10 bands across the body, some of them unit on the back of the animal. Some brown spots on the head. Characteristic sign: Dark bar at pectoral fin with conspicuous anterior bend (similar to C. quadrivittatus and Zebrus zebrus).

Body elongated, head flattened. Similar to C. quadrivittatus.
41-52 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+11; A I+9-10; P 15-16.

Carnivorous; small vagile animals.

Spawning season unknown.

1 - 20 m. Rocky shores. Boulder fields, clefts, cavities. Juveniles sometimes associated with sea urchins. Rare.

Chromogobius zebratus
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 6 m depth, May 2007


Species list
General info

Mediterranean; rather unclear (see map); probably much more distributed, maybe in all the area.




Literature on Chromogobius zebratus

Ahnelt H., 1990: Chromogobius quadrivittatus, Chromogobius zebratus und Zebrus zebrus (Pisces: Gobiidae): Erstnachweis für Korsika (Frankreich) und Sardinien (Italien). Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 91 27-41.

Ahnelt H., 1991: Some rare fishes from the Western Mediterranean Sea. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 91: 49-58.

Ahnelt H., Patzner R.A., 1996: Kryptobenthische Meergrundeln von den Balearen (Westliches Mittelmeer) mit Anmerkungen zum Unterartstatus von Chromogobius zebratus levanticus. Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 98B: 529-544.

Bouchereau J.L. & Tomasini J.A., 1989 : Note sur la presence de Chromogobius zebratus (Kolombatovic, 1891) et de Millerigobius macrocephalus (Kolombatovic, 1891) (Teleostei; Percomorphi; Gobioidei; Gobiidae) sur les cotes de Corse, France. Bull. Soc. Zool. France 114: 106-110.

Bouchereau J.L. & H. Thong-Lam, 1997: The ichthyofauna of the Lavezzi Islands (Corsica, France) at depths between 0 and 1 m: inventory, quantitative evaluation and recolonisation after experimental destruction. Oceanol. Stud. 26: 191-207.

Engin, S. & G. Dalgic, 2008: First record of Chromogobius zebratus (Gobiidae) for the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Turkish Journal of Zoology 32:197-199.

Jardas I., A. Pallaoro & M. Kovacic, 1998: Recent ichthyofauna of Rijeka Bay. In: Zbornik radova Prirodoslovna istrazivanja rijeckog prodrucja (eds.: Arko-Pijevac, M. Kovacic & D. Crnkovic) pp- 671-685.

Kolombatovic J., 1891: Glamoci (Gobii) Spljetskog Pomorskog Okruzja u Dalmaciji. Split: 29 p.

Kovacic M., 1994: Contribution to the knowledge of gobies, Gobiidae (Pisces, Perciformes) in the Rijeka Bay, Adriatic Sea. Period. Biol. 94: 463-465.

Kovacic M., 1997: Cryptobenthic ichthyofauna in the Kvaner Area, Adriatic Sea. P. Congr. Europ. Ichthyol. (abstract).

Kovacic M., 2005: An annotated checklist of the family Gobiidae in the Adriatic Sea. Annales Ser. hist. nat. 15: 1-24.

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

Kovacic M. & Patzner R.A., 2011: North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Gobies. In: The Biology of Gobies. (Eds: Patzner R.A. et al.) Science Publishers: 177-206.

Kovacic M. & Schembri P.J., 2019: Twelve new records of gobies and clingfishes (Pisces: Teleostei) significantly increase small benthic fish diversity of Maltese waters. Medit. Mar. Sci., 20/2, 2019, 287-296.

Kovacic M., Miletic M. & Papageorgiou N., 2011: A first checklist of gobies from Crete with ten new records. Cybium 35: 245-253.

Kovacic M. & Patzner R.A., 2011: North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Gobies. In: The Biology of Gobies. (Eds: Patzner et al.) Science Publishers: 177-206.

Kovacic M., Sanda R. & Kirincic M., Zanella D., 2012: Geographic distribution of gobies (Gobiidae) in the Adriatic Sea with thirteen new records for its southern part. Cybium 36: 435-445.

Kovacic M., Patzner R.A. & Schliewen U., 2012: A first quantitative assessment of the ecology of cryptobenthic fishes in the Mediterranean Sea. Mar. Biol. 159: 2731-2742.

Lombarte A., Miletic M. & Kovacic M. et al., 2014: Identifying Mediterranean Sea gobies using otoliths. 5th Int. symp. fish otolith res. appl., Peguera, Mallorca: Poster.

Mercader L., 1994: Premiere capture de Chromogobius zebratus (Gobiidae) dans la mer Catalane. Cybium 18: 205-206.

Miller P. J., 1971: A revision of the Mediterranean gobiid genus Chromogobius (Teleostei Perciformes). J. Zool., Lond. 164: 305-334.

Miller P. J., 1986: Gobiidae. In: Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Volume III. (Eds.: Whitehead P.J.P. et al.) pp. 1019-1085. UNESCO, Paris.

Pampoulie, C. & J.L. Bouchereau, 1996: Elements de systematique et de biologie de deux Gobiides (poissons Teleosteens), Chromogobius quadrivittatus (Steindachner, 1863) et Chromogobius zebratus zebratus (Kolombatović, 1891) des bouches de bonifacio (Corse, France). Icthyophysiologica Acta 19: 153-178.

Patzner R.A., 1999: Habitat utilization and depth distribution of small cryptobenthic fishes (Blenniidae, Gobiesocidae, Gobiidae, Tripterygiidae) at Ibiza (western Mediterranean Sea). Enviroment. Biol. Fish. 55: 207-214.

Patzner R.A., 1999: Sea urchins as hiding-place for juvenile benthic teleosts (Gobiidae, Gobiesocidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Cybium 23: 93-97.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1998: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 4. Kleine Grundeln des Hartbodens 1. Das Aquarium 348: 40-44.






Photographs of Chromogobius zebratus

Chromogobius zebratus
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 6 m depth, May 2007
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Chromogobius zebratus
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 6 m depth, May 2007
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Chromogobius zebratus
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, aquarium
Photograph: Jürgen Herler ©




Drawings of Chromogobius zebratus


Drawings from Miller, 1986


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