Pomatoschistus tortonesei
   Miller, 1968

Common names: English: Tortonese's goby
Tortonese-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 3 - 4 cm.

Colouration
Brownish grey with reticulation. No dark spot in D1. Males with dark markings across side, dark pelvic disk and breast; branchiostegal membrane dark with yellow. Females with 3 dark vertical bars (first one at beginning of D2), pelvic disk with concentric dark bands; branchiostegal membrane yellow; dark bloch on chin.

Description
Caudal fin rounded. Praedorsal area and breast naked.
32-34 (30-36) scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI (V-VI); D2 I+7 (6-8); A I+7 (6-8); P 18 (17-20).

Food
Carnivorous; small crustaceans, gastropods.

Reproduction
Spawning season in May.

Habitat
1 - 5 m. Soft bottoms and sea grass. Also in lagoons and areas with higher salinity. Rare.


Pomatoschistus tortonesei, male
Drawing from Miller (1986)

 


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Distribution
Mediterranean: only Sizily and Libya.

 

 

 

 

 

Literature on Pomatoschistus tortonesei

 

Arculeo M., A. Mauro, S. Lo-Brutto, S. Mirto, M. Cammarata, A. Mazzola & N. Parrinello, 1999: Biochemical genetic differentiation between Pomatoschistus marmoratus and P. tortonesei. J. Fish Biol. 54: 190-195.

Cavallaro G., F. Munao, A., Cefali & F. Soldano, 1978: Contributo alla conoscenza della biologia e biometria di Pomatoschistus tortonesei Miller. Mem. Biol. Mar Oceanogr. 8: 35-50.

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.

Mejri R., Lo Brutto S., Hassine N. et al., 2012: Overlapping patterns of morphometric and genetic differentiation in the Mediterranean goby Pomatoschistus tortonesei Miller, 1968 (Perciformes, Gobiidae) in Tunisian lagoons. Zoology (Jena) 115: 239-244.

Miller P. J., 1968. A new species of Pomatoschistus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from western Sicily . Annali Mus. civ. Stor. nat. Giaccomo Doria 77: 221-231.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Drawings of Pomatoschistus tortonesei

 


Right: female. Drawings from Miller (1986)






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