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.

Colouration
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).

Description
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.

Food
Planktivorous.

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

Habitat
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
Drawing from Miller, 1986; changed
(elongated dots on side and dots above A added)

 

 

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Distribution
Mediterranean: western Mediterranean, Adriatic 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.

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. & 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.

 

 

 

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Drawing from Miller, 1986

 

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