Oxyurichthys petersii
   (Klunzinger, 1871)

Common names: English: Peter's goby
German: Peters-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Note: The Red Sea species is O. petersii and not O. papuensis (Pezold & Larson, in prep.).

Length: 11 - 18 cm.

Colouration
Grey-blue with blue spots and lines on head and body. It lacks the vertical bars seen in O. papuensis. Dark spot at caudal peduncle. Pelvic fins bluish with yellow spots and lines. Pectoral fins yellowish with white dots. Dorsal and anal fins transparent or reddish with blue lines. Caudal fin reddish with dark margin.

Description
Eyes close together. Rays of D1 elongated. Caudal fin lanceolate. Upper margin of eye with short cirrus. Head nacked.
Up to 90 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+12-13; A I+13.

Food
Carnivorous; Small crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms, foraminiferes.

Reproduction
Spawning season in Mediterranean: July to September.

Habitat
10 - 70 m. Soft bottoms. Quite common in the eastern part of Mediterranean.


Oxyurichthys petersii
Photograph: Murat Bilecenoglu ©
Turkey, out of water, caught in 12 m depth

 

 

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Distribution
Mediterranean: eastern part, from Turkey to Israel (immigrant from the Red Sea).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature on Oxyurichthys petersii

Akyol O., V. Unal & T. Ceyhan, 2006: Occurrence of two Lessepsian migrant fish, Oxyurichthys petersi (Gobiidae) and Upeneus pori (Mullidae), from the Aegean Sea. Cybium. 30: 389-390.

Ben-Tuvia A., 1983: An Indo-Pacific goby Oxyurichthys papuensis in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel J. Zool. 32: 37-43.

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

Golani D., E. Massutti, L. Orsi-Relini & J.-P. Quignard, 2001: Atlas of exotic fishes in the Mediterranean. www.ciesm.org.

Kaya M., S. Mater & H.A. Benli, 1992. A new Indo-Pacific gobiid fish Oxyurichthys papuensis (Val., 1837) for the eastern Mediterranean coasts of Turkey. Rapp.Comm.int.Mer Medit., 33: 298.

Klunzinger C. B. 1871: Synopsis der Fische des Rothen Meeres. II. Verh. zool.-bot. Ges., Wien 21: 441-668.

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.

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.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1998: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 3. Große Grundeln des Weichbodens 2. Das Aquarium 343: 46-48.

Pezold F. & H.K. Larson: A revision of the gobiid fish genus Oxyurichthys (Gobionellinae) with a redescription of 16 species (in preparation).

 

 

 

 

 

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Oxyurichthys petersii

collected off Ceyhan river, Adana - eastern Mediterranean Sea coast of Turkey; depth 12 m; coordinates 36 deg.41 min. 26 sec. N - 35 deg. 43 min. 53 sec. E; 118.4 mm total length
Photograph: Murat Bilecenoglu ©

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawings from Miller, 1986 (as O. papuensis)

 

 

 

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