Pomatoschistus norvegicus
   (Collett, 1902)

Common names: English: Norway goby

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 5 - 7 cm.

Yellowish, somewhat transparent with small reddish dots. Males (adult) with up to 12 vertical bars on side, dark breast, dark bloth on chin, and black spot in D1; anal and pectoral fins dark edged. Females pale without bars on side, without dark breast and dark bloth on chin, without black spot in D1.

Caudal fin rounded. Praedorsal area scaled, breast and nape naked.
55-60 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+9-10 (8-10); A I+9-10 (8-11); P 17 (16-18).

Carnivorous; small crustaceans, polychaets.

Spawning (western Scotland) in April and June. Postlarvae in Atlantic: July to September.

6 - 330 m, in Medtiterranean usually 90 - 325 m, in northern Adriatic 10 - 20 m. Soft bottoms and mussel grounds. Rare in Mediterranean.

Pomatoschistus norvegicus, male
Drawing from Miller (1986)


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: in western part and Aegaeic, recently also northern Adriatic Sea. Atlantic: main distribution.





Literature on Pomatoschistus norvegicus

Ahnelt H. & J. Dorda, 2004: Gobioid fishes from the north eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean: new records and rarely found species. Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 105B: 5-19.

De Buen E., 1923. Gobius de la Peninsula Iberica y Baleares. Grupos Lesueurii, Colonianus, Affinis y Minutus. Mem. Inst. eso. Oceonaogr. 3: 121-266.

Collett R., 1902: Meddelesler om Norges Fiske i Aarene 1884-1901. I. Forh. Vidensk. Selsk. Krist. 1: 1-121.

Fage L., 1918: Shore-fishes. Rep. Dan. oceanogr. Exped. Mediterr. 2, Biology. (A.3): 1-154.

Gibson R.N. & I.A. Ezzi, 1981: The biology of the Norway goby, Pomatoschistus norvegicus (Collett), on the west coast of Scotland . J. Fish Biol. 19: 697-713.

Lebour M.V., 1920: The eggs of Gobius minutus, pictus, and microps. J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K. 12: 253-260.

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.

Kovacic M., Sanda R. & Kirincic M., Zanella D., 2012: Geographic distribution of gobies (Gobiidae) in the Adriatic Sea with thirteen new records for its southern part. Cybium 36: 435-445.

Miller P.J., 1968: A new species of Pomatoschistus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from western Sicily. Ann. Mus Civ. Stor. Nat. 77: 221-231.

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.

Padoa E., 1953: Sottordine Gobiiformes. Famiglia Gobiidae in uova, larve e stadi giovanili di Teleostei. Fauna Flora Golfo Napoli, 38: 648-678.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1999: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 5. Kleine Grundeln des Weichbodens 2. Das Aquarium. 370: 54-60.

Stefanni S., 2000: First record of the Norway goby in the Adriatic Sea . J. Fish Biol. 57: 828-830.

Webb C.J., 1980: Systematics of the Pomatoschistus minutus complex (Teleostei: Gobioidei). Phil Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. Biol. Sci. 291: 201-241.

Webb C.J. & P.J. Miller, 1975: A rediscription of Pomatoschistus norvegicus (Collett, 1903)(Teleostei: Gobioidei), based on syntype material. J. Fish Biol. 7: 735-747.





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Drawings of Pomatoschistus norvegicus


Right: female. Drawings from Miller (1986)

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