#F0F0F0 Thorogobius_macr
Thorogobius macrolepis
   (Kolombatovic, 1891)

Common names: English: Large-scaled goby
German: Kleine Leopardengrundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 5 - 7 cm.

Similar to T. ephippiatus, spots pale brown. D1 without spot.

Predorsal area and head naked. Anterior membrane of pelvic disc missing or vestigal.
27-28 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+11; A I+10; P 17-18.

No informations, probably carnivorous.

No informations.

6 - 50 m. Rocky shores on sandy patches. Rare, more common in the northern Adriatic.

Thorogobius macrolepis
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 15 m depth, July 1998


Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Baleares, southern France, Tyrrhenian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea and eastern Levant.




Literature on Thorogobius macrolepis

Ahnelt H.& M. Kovacic, 1997: A northern adriatic population of Thorogobius macrolepis (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Cybium 21: 149-162.

Bilecenoglu M. & M. Yokes (2016): Scuba observations reveal a wider distribution range for Thorogobius macrolepis (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Ann. Ser. Hist. Nat. 26: 197-202.

Francour P., M. Bilecenoglu & M. Kaya, 2007: In situ observations on new and rare gobies from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Rapp. Comm. int. Mer médit., 38: 478.

Francour P., Bodilis P., Cottalorda J.M., Seytre C. 2010. Inventaire des Gobiidae dans la Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (Corse) et à proximité de ses limites. Contrat Parc Naturel Régional de la Corse. Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS publ., Nice: 1-54.

Guidetti P, S. Bussotti & M. Kovacic, 2006: First record of the large-scaled goby, Thorogobius macrolepis (Pisces, Gobiidae), in Italian seas. Thalassia Salentina 29: 41-45.

Kolombatovic J., 1891: Glamoci (Gobii) Spljetskog Pomorskog Okruzja u Dalmaciji. Split: 29 p.

Kovacic M., 1997: Cryptobenthic ichthyofauna in the Kvaner Area, Adriatic Sea. P. Congr. Europ. Ichthyol. (abstract).

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

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.

Kramer A., Kovacic M. & Patzner R.A., 2012: Dentition of eight species of Mediterranean Sea Gobiidae: do dentition characters of gobies reflect phylogenetic relationships? Journal of Fish Biology 80: 29-48.

Lombarte A., Miletic M. & Kovacic M. et al., 2014: Identifying Mediterranean Sea gobies using otoliths. 5th Int. symp. fish otolith res. appl., Peguera, Mallorca: Poster.

Miller P.J., 1969: Systematics and biology of the leopard-spotted goby, Gobius ephippiatus (Teleostei: Gobiidae), with description of a new genus and notes on the identity of G. macrolepis Kolombatovic. J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K., 49: 831-855.

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.

Patzner R.A. & H. Moosleitner, 1998: Die Grundeln des Mittelmeeres. Teil 3. Große Grundeln des Weichbodens 2. Das Aquarium 343: 46-48.

Trkov D., Mavric B., Orlando-Bonaca M. & L. Lipej (2019): Marine cryptobenthic fish fauna of Slovenia (Northern Adriatic Sea). Ann. Ser. hist. nat. 29 DOI 10.19233/ASHN.2019.07.








Photographs of Thorogobius macrolepis

Thorogobius macrolepis
Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 10 m depth, May 2008
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Thorogobius macrolepis
Adriatic Sea, Croatia, 10 m depth, July 1998
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©
Thorogobius macrolepis
Tyrrhenian Sea, 35 m depth, May 2007, during night
Photograph: Stefano Guerrieri ©
Thorogobius macrolepis
Ibiza, Baleares, 20 m depth, September 1992
Photograph: Robert A. Patzner ©





Drawings of Thorogobius macrolepis


Drawings from Miller (1986)



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