Pseudaphya ferreri
   (De Buen & Fage, 1908)

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

Common synonym
Pseudaphya pelagica De Buen, 1931

Length: 3 - 4 cm.

Partly transparent. 4 dark elongated dots along side. Base of caudal fin with triangular black spot. White spots along side and back (similar to Pomatoschistus bathi).

D1 and D2 in great distance to each other. Eyes large. Predorsal area partly scaled, head naked.
25-30 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 V(!); D2 I+7-10; A I+9-10; P 15-16.


Spawning season June. Females mature at 2.6 - 2.7 mm.

2 - 15 m. Soft bottoms in sandy bays. Mostly free swimming. Forms large troops, especially from December to April. Sometimes together with Aphia minuta. Less common, in some areas common.

Pseudaphya ferreri
Callelongue, Marseille, March 2019
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: western Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean Sea.







Literature on Pseudaphya ferreri


De Buen O. & L. Fage, 1908. Un nouveau gobiide méditerranéen du genre Aphya: Aphya ferreri n. sp. Archs. Zool. exp. gen. 8: 105-110.

Engin S., Irmak E., Seyhan D., Akdemir T. & A.C. Keskin (2016): Gobiid fishes of the coastal zone of the Northeastern Aegean Sea. Mar Biodiv. DOI 10.1007/s12526-016-0550-x

Kovacic M., 2003: Hyperbenthic gobies in the Kvarner area, Adriatic Sea. J. Fish Biol. 63: 1051–1055.

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.

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.

Lombarte A., Miletic M. & Kovacic M. et al., 2014: Identifying Mediterranean Sea gobies using otoliths. 5th Int. symp. fish otolith res. appl., Peguera, Mallorca: Poster.

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

Miller P. J., 1973: The species of Pseudaphya (Teleostei: Gobiidae) and the evolution of the aphyiine gobies. J. Fish Biol. 5.

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.






Photographs of Pseudaphya ferreri

Pseudaphya ferreri
Samena, Marseille, December 2015
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Pseudaphya ferreri
Callelongue, Marseille, May 2016
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©




Drawings Pseudaphya ferreri

Drawings from Miller (1986). The total image (right) sligthly altered.



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State: 2019-06-15