Pomatoschistus canestrinii
   (Ninni, 1883)

Common names: English: none
Aschengrundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 5 - 7 cm.

Colouration
Brownish grey with many black dots. Males have more dots, 4 dark bars across the body and dark spot in D1.

Description
Caudal fin rounded. Praedorsal area and breast naked. Reductions of head pore canals and scales in freshwater populations.
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).

Food
Carnivorous; juveniles mostly harpacticoid copepods; adults mainly polychaets; amphipods, ostracods, barnacle larvae, isopods, small molluscs and fish eggs.

Reproduction
Spawning time March to July. Age 16 month. Nests with up to 1,000 eggs under stones, bivalves etc. Parental care by males. Females have 100 - 300 eggs.

Habitat
1 - 2 m. Soft bottoms. Lagoons, estueries and freshwater. Salinity 0 - 20 (max. 32). Rare.


Pomatoschistus canestrinii, male
Photograph: Jörg Freyhof ©
Aquarium, from lake Trasimeno

 


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Distribution
Mediterranean; middle eastern and northern Adriatic. Probably introduced to Ionian Sea (Gulf of Taranto) and Trasimeno lake.

 

 

 

Literature on Pomatoschistus canestrinii

Franco A, R. Fiorin, P. Franzoi & P. Torricelli, 2005: Threatened fishes of the world: Pomatoschistus canestrinii Ninni, 1883 (Gobiidae). Envir. Biol. Fish. 72: 32.

Franco A, F. Riccato,S. Malavasi, P. Franzoi & T. Torricelli, 2006: Food resource utilization by gobies (Pisces, Teleostei) in the shallows of the Venice Lagoon. Biol. Mar. Medit. 13: 866-868.

Freyhof, J. 1998. First record of Pomatoschistus canestrini (Ninni, 1883) in lake Trasimeno. Riverine Idrobiologia 37: 107-108.

Gandolfi, G., P. Torricelli & A. Cau. 1982. Observations on the biology of the black-spotted goby, Pomatoschistus canestrinii (Ninni). Nova Thalassia 5: 97-123.

Gandolfi, G., S. Zerunian, P. Torricelli & A. Marconato. 1991. Pomatoschistus canestrini (Ninni, 1883). In I pesci delle acque interne italiane, parte 3. Ministero dell'Ambiente, Unione Zoologica Italiana, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, pp. 504-509.

Ibanez, C., A. Curco, J.W. Day Jr. & N. Prat. 2000. Structure and productivity of microtidal Mediterranean coastal marshes. 107-136. In: M.P. Weinstein & D.A. Kreeger (eds.), Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Kolombatovic, J. 1891. Glamoci (Gobii) spljetskog Pomorskog okruzja u Dalmaciji. Split, 29 pp.

Kovacic M., 2005a: An annotated checklist of the family Gobiidae in the Adriatic Sea. Annales Ser. hist. nat. 15: 1-24.

Kovacic M., 2005b: Morphological variability of Pomatoschistus canestrinii (Gobiidae), with the reduction of squamation and head canals. Cybium 29: 373-379.

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.

Lugli M. & P. Torricelli, 1999: Prespawning sound production in Mediterranean sand-gobies. J. Fish Biol. 54: 691-694. 

Maccagnani, R., A. Carrieri, P. Franzoi & R. Rossi. 1985. Osservazioni sulla struttura di popolazione ed il ruolo trofico di tre specie di gobidi (Knipowitschia panizzae, Pomatoschistus marmoratus, Pomatoschistus canestrinii) in un ambiente del delta del Po. Nova Thalassia 7: 373-378.

Malavasi S. & Valerio C., Torricelli P., 2009: Courtship sounds and associated behaviours in the Canestrini's goby Pomatoschistus canestrinii. J. Fish Biol. 75: 1883-1887.

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.

Miller P.J., 2004: Pomatoschistus canestrinii (Ninni, 1883). In: The freshwater fishes of Europe. Vol. 8/II Gobiidae 2 (Ed.: Miller P.J.) pp. 284-292. Aula-Verlag, Wiebelsheim.

Ninni A.P., 1883: Nuova specie di Gobius. Att. Soc. venet-trent. Sci. nat. Padova 8: 276-279.

Stelbrink B. & J. Freyhof, 2005: Reduktion von Schuppen und Kopfkanälen bei Pomatoschistus canestrini (Ninni, 1883) (Gobiidae). 5. Tagung Ges. Ichthyol. Bonn, Sept. 2005. Abstract --> HERE

Stelbrink B. & J. Freyhof, 2006: Reduction of scales and head canals in Pomatoschistus canestrini (Ninni, 1883) (Teleostei, Gobiidae). Verh. Ges. Ichthyol. 5: 71-77.

 

 

 

 

Drawings of Pomatoschistus canestrinii

 


Drawings from Miller (1986)






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