Lesueurigobius suerii(Risso, 1810)

Common names: English: Lesuer's goby
German: Langschwänzige Grundel

Common synonym
Gobius lesueurii Valenciennes, 1837

Length: 5 - 6 cm.

Head and operculum dark blue with diagonal yellow lines. Body blue with large yellow spots or cross bands. Dorsal and caudal fins with yellow lines.

Rays of D1 elongated; caudal fin lanceolate. Nape nacked. Antero-dorsal longitudinal neuromast rows of the lateral line system distinct.
26-28 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+13-14; A I+13-14; P 17-20.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

Spawning season July to September.

5 - 100 m, juveniles down to 230 m. Muddy clay, maybe also on sand bottoms. Common in some regions.

Lesueurigobius suerii
Drawing from Miller (1986)



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: absent at northern African coast; Atlantic.


Literature on Lesueurigobius suerii

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.

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.

Demestre M., P. Sanchez & P. Abello, 2000: Demersal fish assemblages and habitat characteristics on the continental shelf and upper slope of the north-western Mediterranean. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 80: 981-988.

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.

Fage L., 1918: Shore-fishes. Rep. Dan. oceanogr. Exped. Mediterr. 2, Biology. (A. 3): 154 p.

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.

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.

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.

Padoa E., 1953: Sottordine Gobiiformes. Famiglia Gobiidae in uova, larve e stadi giovanili di Teleostei. Fauna Flora Golfo Napoli, 38: 648-678.

Risso A., 1810: Ichtyologie de Nice, ou histoire naturelle des poissons du département des Alpes Maritimes. Paris, xxxvi+388 p. (Reprint, 1966, Asher, Amsterdam).








Photograph of Lesueurigobius suerii



Lesueurigobius suerii

Photograph: Francesco Costa ©



Drawing of Lesueurigobius suerii




Drawing from Miller, 1986


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