Speleogobius llorisi
Kovacic, Ordines & Schliewen, 2016

Common names: English: Llori's grotto goby
German: Lloris-Höhlengrundel

Synonyms: none.

Length: 2.5 cm.

Female: head and body to V and P bases orange red, rest of body whitish-transparent. Predorsal area pink whitish, underside of head and cheek mottled orange red and whitish, chin with two blotches of melanophore; a transverse orange-red band on chin; opercle and prepelvic area orange red. Caudal peduncle with dark blotch. Dorsum with three broad, transverse dark bands. Fins mostly transparent.

Body moderately elongate, laterally compressed with a slender caudal peduncle. Head long, slightly depressed, with a nearly horizontal predorsal profile. Snout moderately long and pointed, equal or longer than eye.
28-29 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I/6-7; A I/6-7; P 15.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

40 - 70 m depth on red algae beds, in sheltered areas, without significant currents. Rare.

Speleogobius llorisi

Photograph: Xavier Rufray ©
South of France


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Found on different places (see map).




Literature on Speleogobius llorisi


Engin S., Oruc A.C., Seyhan D., et al., 2017: New records of Speleogobius trigloides Zander & Jelinek, 1976 and S. llorisi Kovacic, Ordines & Schliewen, 2016 (Osteichthyes: Gobiidae) in the Aegean Sea. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 33: 1015-1017.

Kovacic M., 2020: Checklist of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae) of the Mediterranean Sea and a key for species identification. Zootaxa 4877: 075-101.

Kovacic M. &Glavicic I., 2019: The first Adriatic finding of Speleogobius llorisi (Actinopterygii: Gobiiformes: Gobiidae). Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 49 181-184.

Kovacic M. & Schembri P.J., 2019: Twelve new records of gobies and clingfishes (Pisces: Teleostei) significantly increase small benthic fish diversity of Maltese waters. Medit. Mar. Sci., 20/2, 2019, 287-296.

Kovacic M., Ordines F. & Schliewen U., 2016: A new species of Speleogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Western Mediterranean Sea. Zootaxa 4066: 301-310.






Photographs of Speleogobius llorisi

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Speleogobius llorisi
Holotype. Preserved specimen (from Kovacic et al,. 2016)
Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©
Speleogobius llorisi
Paratype. Preserved specimen (from Kovacic et al,. 2016)
Photograph: Marcelo Kovacic ©





Drawing of Speleogobius llorisi


Drawing from Kovacic et al., 2016



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