Trypauchen vagina (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Common names: English: Burrowing goby
German: Grabende Grundel

Common synonym
Gobius vagina Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Length: 20 cm.

Body colour red to reddish pink. All fins except the pectoral fin translucent to whitish.

Body extremely elongated and laterally compressed; dorsal and anal fins connected to the caudal fin. Pelvic fins small forming a funnel like disc. Teeth visible on both jaws. Eyes covered by skin. Almost totally blind.
Approx. 65 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D 57-58; A 45-48.

Carnivorous: feeding on small invertebrates, mainly crustaceans.

No informations.

20 - 90 m in the Mediterranean. Burrows in silty and muddy habitats of estuarine and coastal waters. Rare in the Mediterranean.

Trypauchen vagina
Photograph: Daniel Golani ©
from Salameh et al., 2010


Species list
General info

Mediterranean; only in south east of Turkey and Israel. Indo-Pacific, up to now not recorded in the Red Sea.




Literature on Trypauchen vagina

Akamca E., Mavruk S. & Ozyurt C.E., Kiyaga V.B., 2011: First record of the Indo-Pacific burrowing goby Trypauchen vagina (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) in the North-Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Invasions 6, Suppl. 1: S19-S21.

Galil B.S., Danovaro R., Rothman S.B.S., Gevili R. & M. Goren (2019): Invasive biota in the deep-sea Mediterranean: an emerging issue in marine conservation and management. Biological Invasions 21: 281-288.

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

Murdy, E.O., 2006. A revision of the gobiid fish genus Trypauchen (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Zootaxa 1343: 55-68.

Salameh P., Sonin O. & Golani D., 2010: First record of the burrowing goby, Trypauchen vagina (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae: Amblyopinae), in the Mediterranean. Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 40: 109-111.







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