Deltentosteus collonianus
   (Risso, 1826)

Common names: English: Toothed goby
German: Gezähnte Grundel

Synonym: Deltentosteus lichtensteinii (Steindachner, 1883)

Length: 5 - 7 cm.

Yellowish-grey with dark reticulation. Reddish spots and pale saddles on back. 4 dark spots along middle of body. Head with black dots.

Slender. Eyes lateral, in distance of more than half eye-diameter from each other (see D. quadrimaculatus). Anal opening close to anal fin. Praedorsal area and nape scaled.
33 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+10-11; A I+10-11.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

5 - 120 m. Soft bottoms and sea grass. Rare.

Deltentosteus collonianus
Photograph: Anne Frijsinger & Mat Vestiens ©
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 5 m depth, June 2005, during nigth



Species list
General info


Mediterranean; West-Mediterranean, Adriatic; to southern Portugal.



Literature on Deltentosteus collonianus

Ahnelt H. & G. Scattolin, 2005: The pattern of the mechanosensory lateral fine on the caudal fin of the two deep-water gobiid fishes Deltentosteus collonianus and Deltentosteus quadrimaculatus (Teleostei: Gobiidae). J. Nat. His. 39: 4127-4135.

Bilecenoglu M., Taskavak E., Mater S. 6 Kaya M., 2002: Checklist of the marine fishes of Turkey. Zootaxa 113: 1-194.

De Buen E., 1923: Gobius de la Peninsula Iberica y Baleares. Grupos Lesueurii, Colonianus, Affinis y Minutus. Mem. Inst. eso. Oceonaogr. 3: 121-266.

Dieuzeide R., M. Novella & J. Roland (1955): Catalogue des poissons des côtes Algériennes. Bull. Sta. de Pêche et d'aqui de Castiglione III: 1-384.

Fish Watch Forum:

Fricke, R., M. Bilecenoglu & H. Musa Sari. 2007. Annotated checklist of fish and lamprey species (Gnathostomata and Petromyzontomorphi) of Turkey, including a Red List of threatened and declining species. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde Serie A (Biologie) 706: 1-169.

Golani D., 1996: The marine ichthyofauna of the eastern Levant - history, inventory and characterization. Israel Journal of Zoology 42: 15-55.

Louisy P., 2002: Meeresfische, Westeuropa, Mittelmeer. Ulmer, Stuttgart.

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.

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.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1999: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 5. Kleine Grundeln des Weichbodens 1. Das Aquarium 357: 50-54.

Risso A., 1826: Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l'Europe méridionale et particuliement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes. Paris et Strasbourg, Vol. III, XVI+ 486 p.







Photographs of Deltentosteus collonianus


Deltentosteus collonianus
Photograph: Francesco Costa ©
Deltentosteus collonianus
Callelongue, Marseille, January 2019
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Deltentosteus collonianus
Callelongue, Marseille, February 2019
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Deltentosteus collonianus
Callelongue, Marseille, February 2019
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©






Drawings of Deltentosteus collonianus


Drawings from Miller, 1986

Drawing from De Buen, 1923

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