Silhouettea aegyptia
   (Chabanaud, 1933)

Common names: English: Egyptian goby
German: Ägypten-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 4 - 5 cm.

Numerous dark vertical spots with rusty brown margins on fawn ground. Laterally 9 or 10 dark spots.

Short snout. First ray of D1 elongated in males. Predorsal area and head naked.
24-28 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI (V-VI); D2 I+10 (9-11); A I+11 (11-12); P 14 (13-15).

Carnivorous; small crustaceans, nematodes, gastropods.

Spawning season last from March to September peaking in May. Reach sexual maturity after less than one year (close to 20 mm).

1 - 5 m. Sandy bottoms. Very common in the Bardawil Lagoon.

Silhouettea aegyptia, male; D1 of female
Drawing from Miller, 1986



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: near Suez Canal, Israel (immigrant from the Red Sea).







Literature on Silhouettea aegyptia


Chabanaud P., 1933: Contribution a l'etude de la faune ichthyologique du Canal de Suez. Bull. Soc. zool. Fr. 58: 287-293.

Fouda M.N., 1995. Life history strategies of four small-size fishes in the Suez Canal, Egypt. J. Fish Biol. 46: 687-702.

Fouda M.M., M.Y. Hanna & F.M. Fouda, 1993: Reproductive biology of a Red Sea goby, Silhouettea aegyptia, and a Mediterranean goby, Pomatoschistus marmoratus, in Lake Timsah, Suez Canal. J. Fish Biol. 43: 139-151.

Golani D., E. Massutti, L. Orsi-Relini & J.-P. Quignard, 2001: Atlas of exotic fishes in the Mediterranean.

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.

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. and Fouda M.M., 1986. Notes on the biology of a Red Sea goby Silhouetta aegyptia (Chabanaud, 1933) (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Cybium, 10: 395-409.

Saad A., 2005: Check-list of bony fish collected from the coast of Syria. Turkish J. Fish. Aqu. Sci. 5: 99-106.






Drawing of Silhouettea aegyptia




Drawing from Miller, 1986


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