Gobius xoriguer
Iglésias, Vukic & Sanda, 2021

Common names: English: Kestrel goby
German: Falken-Grundel

Synonyms: none.

Length: 6.4 cm.

Body with orange-beige, dark brown, or pale background. Flank with seven orange blotches. Head orange to dark brown with white spots on cheek and opercle. Darke orange line at eye level, above pre-opercle and opercle continuing on snout from eye to lip. Orange blotch at upper pectoral base.

Body moderately elongate, rounded anteriorly and laterally compressed posteriorly; interorbital space very narrow. Eyes large. Snout shorter than eye and rounded from dorsal view. Anterior nostrils tubular with triangular process.
50-51 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I/14; A I/13; P 18-19.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

50 - 105 m depth on coralline algae sea bed. Rare.

Gobius xoriguer

Drawing: © Samuel P. Iglésias
Adult male


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Menorca, Golf of Lion, Corsica.




Literature on Gobius xoriguer


Iglésias S.P., Vukic J., Sellos D.Y., Soukupová T. & Sanda R., 2021: Gobius xoriguer, a new offshore Mediterranean goby (Gobiidae), and phylogenetic relationships within the genus Gobius. Ichthyol. Res. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-020-00797-9.






Photographs of Gobius xoriguer



Gobius xoriguer
Holotype. Adult male. Freshly collected specimen
Photograph: © Samuel P. Iglésias
Gobius xoriguer
Paratype. Adult male. Freshly collected specimen
Photograph: © Samuel P. Iglésias





Drawing of Gobius xoriguer


Sensory papillae and canal pores. AN = anterior nostril, PN = posterior nostril.
Drawing: © Samuel P. Iglésias

Copyright © 2021 - Robert A. Patzner, Department of Biosciences, Univ. Salzburg, Austria.
State: 2021-02-08
E-mail: robert.patzner@sbg.ac.at