Vanneaugobius dollfusi
   Brownell, 1978

Common names: English: Dollfus' goby
German: Dollfus-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 6 cm.

Fawn, coarse reticulation with brows dots, forming four blotches along midline and one on base of caudal fin. D1 with black spot in lower anterior corner.

First ray of D1 is longest. C rounded. Predorsal area and head naked. Breast with cycloid scales. Body with ctenoid scales. Uppermost and lowermost scales on base of C with elongated ctenii. Anterior nostril tubular.
26-29 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI-VII; D2 I+9-10; A I+8-9; P 16-17.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

30 - 110 m. Coralline ground, shell-gravel, sand with rocky outcrops, mud and sandy silt bottom. Rare.

Vanneaugobius dollfusi
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Ile de Planier, Marseille, June 2018



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: central Adriatic Sea, northern part of Western Mediterranean, Malta and Aegean Sea; Atlantic Sea: Morocco.




Literature on Vanneaugobius dollfusi


Ahnelt H. & J. Dorda, 2004: Gobioid fishes from the north eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean: new records and rarely found species. Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 105B: 5-19.

Brownell C. L., 1978: Vanneaugobius dollfusi, a new genus and species of small gobiid with divided ventrals from Morocco (Pisces: Gobiodei). Trans. R. Soc. S. Africa 43: 135-145.

Consoli P., Kovacic M., Battaglia P., Romeo T., Scotti G., Andaloro F. & Patzner R.A., 2019: First record of two gobiid fish from the Strait of Sicily (central Mediterranean Sea): Odondebuenia balearica (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907) and Vanneaugobius dollfusi (Brownell, 1978). Cah. Biol. Mar. 60:263-268.

Fish Watch Forum:

Kovacic M., 2005: An annotated checklist of the family Gobiidae in the Adriatic Sea. Annales Ser. hist. nat. 15: 1-24.

Kovacic M., 2008: Live colouration, morphology and habitat of Vanneaugobius dollfusi (Gobiidae) in the northern Adriatic Sea. J. Fish Biol. 73:.1019-1023.

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. & 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., Vivas M., Garcia-Ruiz C. Guijarro B., 2019: Westernmost Mediterranean records of three gobiid species (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Gobiidae). Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 49: 275-282.

Miller P.J., 1990: Gobiidae. p. 925-951. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon, SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2.

Pallaoro A. & M. Kovacic, 2000: Vanneaugobius dollfusi Brownell, 1978 a rare fish new to the Adriatic Sea. J. Fish Biol. 55: 255-257.


Photographs of Vanneaugobius dollfusi

Vanneaugobius dollfusi
August 2012
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Vanneaugobius dollfusi
Ile Moyade, Marseille, June 2018
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Vanneaugobius dollfusi
Ile de Planier, Marseille, September 2018
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©
Vanneaugobius dollfusi
Ile de Planier, Marseille, June 2018
Photograph: Sylvain Le Bris, Fish Watch Forum ©





Drawings of Vanneaugobius dollfusi


Holotype. Drawings from Brownell, 1978


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State: 2019-06-15