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.

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.

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.

Carnivorous; Small crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms, foraminiferes.

Spawning season in Mediterranean: July to September.

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

Oxyurichthys petersii
Kastellorizo Island (Greece), in the port of Mandraki, 2 m depth, Sept. 2010. Photograph: George Apostolopoulos ©



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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.

Karachle P.K. & Apostolopoulos G., 2016: New records of two fish species in Hellenic Waters (Kastellorizo Island): Scarus ghobban (Forsskal, 1775) and Oxyurichthys petersi (Klunzinger, 1871). In: New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2016). Medit. Mar. Sci., 17: 244-245.

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

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.

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 (Gobioidei: Gobiidae) with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3899(1):1-95






Photograph of Oxyurichthys petersii




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






Drawings of Oxyurichthys petersii



Drawings from Miller, 1986 (as O. papuensis)




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