Odondebuenia balearica
   (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907)

Common names: English: Coralline goby
German: Balearengrundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 3 - 4 cm.

Males red with lateral blue lines across the body, females without lines. Similar to Corcyrogobius liechtensteini, however, no branchiostegal spots on throat.

Pectoral fins without free rays. Pelvic fins separated from each other. Ctenii of uppermost and lowest scale at origin of caudal fin extremely enlarged, with long teeth. Predorsal area and head naked.
28-30 (24-32) scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+10 (9-10); A I+9 (9-10); P 15 (14-16).

Probably carnivorous.

Males with 1.9 cm sexually mature.

8 - 70 m. Verry hidden. In cavities, crevices, on rocky bottom, coral ground and Cladophora beds. At Ibiza also found on mud in 55-56 m (Ahnelt & Dorda, 2004). In Israel 103 m (Stern & Rilov 2019). Rare.

Odondebuenia balearica
Photograph: Anne Frijsinger & Mat Vestiens ©
Northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 5 m depth, June 2004, during night



Species list
General info


Mediterranean; distribution rather unclear (see map); probably much more distributed, maybe in all the rocky areas.







Literature on Odondebuenia balearica


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., P.J. Miller & R.A. Patzner, 1994: Systematics and distribution of two rare Mediterranean gobies, Corcyrogobius lichtensteini (Kolombatovic, 1891) and Odondebuenia balearica (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907)(Teleostei: Gobiidae). Cybium 18: 169-176.

Consoli P., Kovacic M., Battaglia P., Romeo T., Scotti G., Andaloro F. & Patzner R.A., 2019: First record of two gobiid fish from the Strait of Sicily (central Mediterranean Sea): Odondebuenia balearica (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907) and Vanneaugobius dollfusi (Brownell, 1978). Cah. Biol. Mar. 60:263-268.

De Buen F., 1930: Lebetus Winther, 1877, Odondebuenia nov. gen. y Cabotia nov. gen. Trab. Inst. esp. Oceanagr., Madrid 5: 30.

Escoubet P., P. Murgia & A. Pras, 1981: Note sur la presence d´Odondebuenia balearica (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907) sur les cotes Francaises (Percomorphi, Gobioidei, Gobiidae). Cybium, 3e serie: 5: 93-94.

Herler J. & R.A. Patzner, 2001: Microhabitats of cryptobenthic gobies in submarine cave systems. 10. Europ. Congr. Ichthyol, Prague. p. 105.

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. & Golani D., 2007: First record of three gobiid species in the Levant. Cybium 31: 89-91.

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.

Kovacic M., Ordines F., Vivas M., Garcia-Ruiz C. Guijarro B., 2019: Westernmost Mediterranean records of three gobiid species (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Gobiidae). Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 49: 275-282.

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.

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.

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.

Miller P.J. & E. Tortonese, 1968: Distribution and systematics of the gobiid fish Odondebuenia balearica. Estr. Ann. Mus. Nat. Genova 77: 342-359.

Parenzan P., 1973: Una biocenosi a Odondebuenia balearica (Pell. et Fage) (=Eleotris balearicus Pell. et Fage 1907) nel Golfo di Taranto. Rapport de la Commission Internationale pour la Mer Méditerranée, 21: 631-632.

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

Patzner R.A. & J. Herler, 2001: Mikrohabitate von kryptobenthischen Meergrundeln in marinen Höhlensystemen. 3. Tg. Ges. Ichthyol., Wien. p. 37.

Pellegrin J. & L. Fage, 1907: Description d'un Eleostris mediterraneen. Bull. Soc. zool. Fr. 32: 11-12.

Stern N. & G. Rilov (2019): First and deepest record of the coralline goby Odondebuenia balearica from the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Medit. Mar. Sci. 20:420-421.





Photographs of Odondebuenia balearica


Odondebuenia balearica
Northern Adriatic Sea, 8 m depth, May 2007
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Odondebuenia balearica
Northern Adriatic Sea, aquarium, July 1999
Photograph: Jürgen Herler ©
Odondebuenia balearica
Northern Adriatic Sea, 8 m depth, May 2007
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Odondebuenia balearica
Northern Adriatic Sea, 10 m depth, May 2007
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©




Drawings of Odondebuenia balearica




Drawings from Miller, 1986


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