Favonigobius (=Papillogobius) melanobranchus (Fowler, 1934)

Common names: English: Blackthroat goby
German: Schwarzkehl-Grundel

Common synonym
Papillogobius melanobranchus
(Fowler, 1934)

Length: 5.5 cm.

Colouration
Body with small spots; sides with 4 - 5 groups of black spots, last spot on caudal peduncle often paired and ending with a thin vertical bar at caudal fin base. Males with 6 - 8 dark vertical lines on belly; dorsal, anal and pelvic fins dusky to black; caudal fin with thin wavy bars and upper margin with 1 - 2 black spots. Females with spotted fins except for pelvic fins (Hoese, 1986).

Description
Body moderately elongate, laterally compressed. Head depressed and short. Snout with moderatly sloping profile. Anterior nostril short, tubul a r, lacking process from rim. Eyes dorso-lateral, relatively small. Mouth oblique. Angle of jaws ending below anterior part of eye (Kovacic & Golani, 2007).
28 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+8-9; A I+8-9.

Food
Carnivorous?

Reproduction
No informations.

Habitat
0 - 5 m. Inhabits silty sand bottoms and seagrass areas. Very rare in the Mediterranean.


Favonigobius melanobranchus
Townesville, Queensland
Photograph: Rick Winterbottom ©

 


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Distribution
Mediterranean; only Northern Sinai, Egypt. Indo-West Pacific, not in the Red Sea.

 

 

 

Literature on Favonigobius melanobranchus

Golani D., E. Massutti, L. Orsi-Relini & J.-P. Quignard, 2001: Atlas of exotic fishes in the Mediterranean. www.ciesm.org. This species is not included up to now (2009-04-17).

Hoese, D.F., 1986: Gobiidae. p. 774-807. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

Kovacic, M. & D. Golani. 2007. First record of Papillogobius melanobranchus in the Mediterranean Sea and new data on geographic distributions, bathymetric ranges and morphology of several small benthic fishes in the Levant. Cybium 31: 417-425

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.

Randall, J.E., 1995. Coastal fishes of Oman. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 439 p.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs of Favonigobius melanobranchus

Favonigobius melanobranchus
Bardawil lagoon, Northern Sinai, Egypt, May 1978
From Kovacic & Golani, 2007
   

 

 

Drawing of Favonigobius melanobranchus

 

 

Drawing from Kovacic & Golani, 2007.

   

 

 

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State: 2016-04-17
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