Gobius vittatus Vinciguerra, 1883

Common names: English: Striped goby
German: Streifengrundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 4 - 6 cm.

Whitish with black band along head and body, which changes in frightened animals and during night to cross bands. Upper part of head yellowish. Similar to Parablennius rouxi (family Blenniidae); maybe a kind of mimikry.

Praedorsal area and nape scaled.
32-36 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+11-13; A I+11-13; P 17 (15-18).

Carnivorous; Harpacticida (> 30 %), Amphipoda, Caprellida, other crustaceans, sponges, polychaets (20 %), algae, plankton and other small benthic animals.

No informations.

10 - 45 m, sometims to 85 m. Rocky shores, coral grounds. Common.

Gobius vittatus
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Ibiza, Baleares, 20 m depth, September 1988


Species list
General info


Mediterranean; distribution not quite clear, maybe in all rocky areas.



Literature on Gobius vittatus


Bilecenoglu M., Taskavak E., Mater S. 6 Kaya M., 2002: Checklist of the marine fishes of Turkey. Zootaxa 113: 1194.

Bilecenoglu M. & Yokes M. B. & M. Draman (2019): The invasive sea urchin Diadema setosum provides shelter for coastal fish - first observations from the Mediterranean Sea. Zoology in the Middle East 65: 183-185.

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

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.

Heymer A. & C.D. Zander, 1978: Morphology and ecology of Gobius vittatus and its possible mimicry relationship to Blennius rouxi in the Mediterranean. Z. zool. Syst. Evol. 16: 132-143.

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

Kovacic M., 2006: Age structure, growth and mortality of the striped goby, Gobius vittatus (Gobiidae) in the northern Adriatic Sea. Scientia-Marina. 70: 635-641.

Kovacic M., 2007: Reproductive biology of the striped goby, Gobius vittatus (Gobiidae) in the northern Adriatic Sea. Scienta Marina, 71: 145-151.

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

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 R.A. et al.) Science Publishers: 177-206.

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.

Kramer A., Kovacic M. & Patzner R.A., 2012: Dentition of eight species of Mediterranean Sea Gobiidae: do dentition characters of gobies reflect phylogenetic relationships? Journal of Fish Biology 80: 29-48.

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.

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.

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

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.

Neumann V. & T. Paulus, 2005: Mittelmeeratlas. Megus, Melle.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1998: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 4. Kleine Grundeln des Hartbodens 2. Das Aquarium 349: 38-41.

Riera F., S. Pou & A.M. Grau, 1993: La ictiofauna. Monograf. Soc. Hist. Nat. Balears 2: 623-644.

Vacchi M., M. Boyer, S. Bussotti, P. Guidetti & G. La-Mesa, 1999: Some interesting species in the coastal fish fauna of Ustica Island (Mediterranean Sea). Cybium 23: 323-331.

Vinciguerra D., 1883: Resultati ittiologici delle crociere del 'Violante'. Ann. Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Genova 18: 465-590.






Photographs of Gobius vittatus

Gobius vittatus
Ibiza, Baleares, 20 m depth, September 1991
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Gobius vittatus
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia 20 m depth, Julye 1995
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©





Drawings of Gobius vittatus


Drawings from Miller (1986)



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