Lesueurigobius sanzi
   (De Buen, 1918)

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

Common synonym
Lesueurigobius sanzoi (De Buen, 1918)

Length: 8 - 11 cm.

Diffuse yellow and dark brown bands across the body. A and C more coloured in males. Females with grey pigment near genital opening.

Rays of D1 extremely elongated. Nape scaled.
25-26 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+15; A I+16-17; P 22.

Carnivorous; mainly crustaceans, also polychaets and molluscs. Males during spawning feed mainly on molluscs.

Spawning season May to September (Atlantic). Breeding after one year; die after one or two breedings. Eggs 0.56-0.71 mm; males guard nests. Probably more than one spawning per breeding season. Sex ratio 1 : 1.

40 - 100 m. Soft bottoms, muddy sand. Not common.

Lesueurigobius sanzi
Drawing from Miller (1986)



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: only in outermost western part; Atlantic: main distribution.


Literature on Lesueurigobius sanzi

Collignon J., 1979: Calalogue raisonne des poissons des mers Marocaines 4. Partie. Bull. Inst. Pech. Mar. Maroc 24: 83-155.

De Buen E., 1918: Los gobidos de la Peninsula Iberica y Baleares. Nota II. Catalogo siste matico y ensayo de distribucion geografica. Boln. Pecas, Madrid, 3: 291-337.

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

De Buen E., 1930: Sur une collection de Gobiinae provenant du Maroc. Essai de synopsis des especies de l'Europe. Bull. Soc. Sci. nat. phys., Maroc 10: 120-147.

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.

Lozano y Rey L., 1960: Peces fisoclistos. Tercera parte. Subseries Toracicos (Orienes Equeneiformes y Gobiformes), Pediculados y Asimetricos. Mems R. Acad. Cienc. exact. fuis. nat. Madr. ser.: Cienc. nat. 14: 613.

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.

Olivar M.P., 1989: Spawning and development of Lesueurigobius sanzoi off northern Namibia. S. Afr. J. Zool. 24: 132-138.

Paulo M, P.L. Da-Cunha & P.R. De-Almeida, 2004: Biology of Sanzo's goby, Lesueurigobius sanzoi (de Buen, 1918), off Cabo Raso, Portugal. Sci. Mar. 68: 285-294. ARTICLE-->Here

Zander C.D., 1981: Zur Nahrung kleiner Bodenfische des Westafrikanischen Auftriebsgebietes. Meteor Forschergeb. Reihe D Biol. 33: 71-75 .



Drawing of Lesueurigobius sanzi




Drawing from Miller, 1986


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