Pomatoschistus bathi Miller, 1982

Common names: English: Bath's goby
German: Bath-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 3 - 4 cm.

Dark pattern on fawn ground, back side brownish. D1 and D2 with dark spots forming longitidinal lines. 6 longitudinal dark spots along side, with white pattern below them. Throat of males grey, of females black. Mature females with yellowish belly. Territorial males dark coloured, fins with dark margin, throat black.

Head small, eyes close together. Caudal fin rounded. Praedorsal area and breast naked.
32-37 (30-38) scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI (V-VI); D2 I+8 (7-9); A I+8 (6-9); P 14-16 (13-17).

Carnivorous; small benthic animals.

No informations.

0,1 - 12 m. Sandy bottoms. Often in groups; on bottom or hovering above in 10 - 50 cm. Sometimes common.

Pomatoschistus bathi
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Tyrhennian Sea, 8 m depth, June 1991


Species list
General info


Mediterranean; not found at North-African coast; Black Sea.





Literature on Pomatoschistus bathi

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

Engin S & Seyhan D., 2017: A new species of Pomatoschistus (Teleostei, Gobiidae): he Mediterranean's smallest marine fish. J. Fish Biol. 91: 1208-1223.

Giacobbe S., Spinelli A., De Matteo S. & Kovacic M., 2017: First record of the Bath's goby, Pomatoschistus bathi (Miller 1982), from central-south Italy: a southern proof of fragmented distribution restricted to the north? Mar. Biodiv. DOI 10.1007/s12526-017-0741-0.

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., 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. & 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.

Louisy P., 2002: Meeresfische, Westeuropa, Mittelmeer. Ulmer, Stuttgart.

Miller P.J., 1982: A new Pomatoschistus from the Mediterranean, and redescription of P. tortonesei Miller 1968 (Pisces: Gobiidae). Senck. marit. 62: 5-19.

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, 1999: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 5. Kleine Grundeln des Weichbodens 2. Das Aquarium. 370: 54-60.

Vasil'eva E.D. & S.V. Bogorodskii, 2004: Two new species of gobies (Gobiidae) in the ichthyofauna of the Black Sea. J. Ichthyol. 44: 599-606.

Zander C.D., 1982: Zur Morphologie und Biologie einiger seltener Grundeln des Mittelmeeres (Pisces, Gobioidei, Gobiidae). Senck. marit. 14: 1-8.

Zander C.D., 1983: Feeding ecology of littoral gobiid and blennioid fish of the Banyuls area (Mediterranean Sea). 1. Main food and trophic dimension of niche and ecotope. Vie Milieu 32: 1-10.

Zander C.D., 1986: The role of small littoral fish in the Mediterranean food web. Rapp. Proc. Verb R. Comm. Int. Expl. Sci. Medit. Monaco 30: 255.

Zander C. D., 1996: The distribution and feeding ecology of small-size epibenthic fish in the coastal Mediterranean Sea. In: Biology and ecology of shallow coastal waters (ed. by T. Eleftheriou et al.). pp 369-376. Olsen & Olsen, Fredensborg, DK.

Zander C.D. & J. Berg, 1984: Feeding ecology of littoral gobiid and blennioid fishes of the Banyuls area (Mediterranean Sea). 2. Prey selection and size preference. Vie Milieu 34: 149-157.

Zander C.D. & A. Heymer, 1992: Feeding habits of Gobius auratus and other benthic small-sized fish from the french Mediterranean coast under regard of some alternating parameters. Zool. Anz. 228: 220-228.




Photographs of Pomatoschistus bathi

Pomatoschistus bathi
Ibiza, Baleares, 10 m depth, September 1991
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Pomatoschistus bathi
Banyuls, South-western France, 8 m depth, September 1992
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Pomatoschistus bathi
Eastern Black Sea
Photograph: Sergej Bogorodsky ©
Pomatoschistus bathi
Adriatic Sea, Croatia,  8 m depth, July 1998
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©





Drawings of Pomatoschistus bathi


Drawings from Miller (1986)
Note: dark spots on side more longitudinal in life --> photographs

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