Favonigobius (=Papillogobius) melanobranchus (Fowler, 1934)

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

Common synonym
Papillogobius melanobranchus
(Fowler, 1934)

Length: 5.5 cm.

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).

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.


No informations.

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

Favonigobius melanobranchus
Townesville, Queensland
Photograph: Rick Winterbottom ©


Species list
General info



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., 2020: Checklist of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae) of the Mediterranean Sea and a key for species identification. Zootaxa 4877: 075-101.

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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