Gobius ater Bellotti, 1888

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

Gobius balearicus Lozano & Rey, 1919.

Length: 6 - 7 cm.

Dark brown with brown fins. Light margin on D1. Unclear pattern at the onset of P.

Bifurcated tentacles at anterior nostrils. Praedorsal area and nape scaled.
28-40 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+12-14; A I+11; P 18 (18-19).

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

Inshore, lagoons and among sea grass. Rare.

Gobius ater
Drawing from Miller, 1986



Species list
General info


Mediterranean; Baleares, southern France, Sardinia, Adriatic Sea, Greece, Sicily and Malta. After Pombo et al. (2002) also in northwest of Portugal (Atlantic).





Literature on Gobius ater



Ahnelt H., 2001: Two Mediterranean gobiid fishes with unusual cephalic lateral line canal system. Cybium 25: 261-267. ARTICLE --> Here, ABSTRACT --> Here

Belotti C., 1888: Note ittiologiche. Atti Soc. ital. Sci. nat. 31: 13-229.

Gramitto M.E., 1993: Prima segnalazione di Gobius ater Bellotti, 1888 (Pisces, Gobiidae) nel Mediterraneo centrale. Quad. Ist. Ric. Pesca Marit. 5: 159-162.

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.

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

Kovacic M., Herler J. & Williams J.T., 2014. Gobius ater. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T194872A49084833. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305.

Lozano Rey, L., 1919: Los peces de la fauna ibérica en la collección del museo. Trab. Mus. Ci. Nat. Zool. Madrid 1-112.

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.

Pombo L., M. Elliott & J.E. Rebelo, 2002: Changes in the fish fauna of the Ria de Aveiro estuarine lagoon (Portugal) during the twentieth century. J. Fish Biol. 61 (Supl. A) 167-181. ARTICLE --> Here




Drawing of Gobius ater

Drawing from Miller, 1986

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State: 2016-04-17
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