Gobius gasteveni Miller, 1974

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

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 8 - 12 cm.

Grey to fawn with brownish lateral blotches, 4 of them below D2; cheek and operculum with white dots. Dark line on snout, on eyes and mostly beyond the eyes.

Anterior nostril with thin tentacle. Pelvic disk rounded. Nape scaled, cheek naked.
40-45 (37-45) scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI (V-VI); D2 I+14 (13-15); A I+13 (12-14); P 19-21 (18-22).


No informations.

5 - 120 m. On differen substrates: soft bottoms, stones, coralline grounds. Timid. Rare.

Gobius gasteveni
Photograph: Emanuel Goncalves ©
Arrabida Marine Park, Portugal, March 1998



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: only uttermost west; Atlantic: Portugal, English Channel, Kanaries, Madeira.





Literature on Gobius gasteveni

Ahnelt H. & J. Dorda, 2004: Gobioid fishes from the north eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean: new records and rarely found species. Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 105B: 5-19.

Ahnelt H., Löffler J. & Balma G.A.C., Delmastro G.B., 2011: On the occurrence of the rare deepwater gobiid fish Gobius gasteveni Miller, 1974 in the western Mediterranean (Italy). J. Appl. Ichthyol. 27: 1128-1130.

Alberto L. J., P. Nieto & M. Rodriguez Solorzano, 1999: Live coloration and diet of Gobius gasteveni (Teleostei: Gobiidae), with a first record from continental Europe. Cah. Biol. Mar. 40: 77-85.

Debelius H., 1997: Mediterranean and Atlantic fish guide. Ikan, Frankfurt.

Francour P., Bodilis P., Cottalorda J.M., Seytre C. 2010. Inventaire des Gobiidae dans la Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (Corse) et à proximité de ses limites. Contrat Parc Naturel Régional de la Corse. Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS publ., Nice: 1-54.

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.

Miller P.J., 1974: A new species of Gobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the western English Channel, with a key to related species in the Brithish and Irish fauna. J. Zool. (Lond.) 174: 467-480.

Miller P.J., 1984: The gobiid fishes of temperate Macaronesia (eastern Atlantic). J. Zool. (Lond.) 204: 363-412.

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.






Drawings of Gobius gasteveni



Drawings from Miller, 1986 


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