Zebrus pallaoroi Kovacic, Šanda & Vukic, 2021

Common names: English: Pallaori's goby
German: Pallaori-Grundel

Common synonyms: none.

Length: 4 - 7 cm.

Very similar to Zebrus zebrus. Brown to olive green with dark bands across the body. White or yellow band from base of pectoral fin to eye and from there rectangularly towards the nape. Small yellow spots on sides of the head. Dorsal and caudal fins with small dark stripe across. Characteristic sign: dark band on base of pectoral fin.

Very similar to Zebrus zebrus. Head flattened. Anterior nostril tubular, with tentacle. Posterior nostril short. Snout longer than eye.
32-33 scales in lateral series.
Fins: D1 VI; D2 I+10-11; A I+8-9; P 17.


Spawning season not cler up to now.

Shallow water, between gravel and small boulders.

Zebrus cf. pallaoroi
Photograph: Roberto Pillon ©
Puglia, Italy



Species list
General info


Mediterranean: Too less informations. Up to now found in the southern part of the Adriatic, in the northern part of the Ionian Sea, and in the northern and western part of the Aegean Sea.



Literature on Zebrus pallaoroi

Kovacic M., Sanda R., Cekovska K., Soukupova T. & Vukic J., 2021: Zebrus pallaoroi sp. nov.: a new species of goby (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae) from the Mediterranean Sea with a DNA-based phylogenetic analysis of the Gobius-lineage. Contributions to Zoology 2021: 1-33.

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.




Photographs of Zebrus pallaoroi

Zebrus spec.
Puglia, Italy
Photograph: Roberto Pillon ©
Zebrus cf. pallaoroi
Puglia, Italy
Photograph: Roberto Pillon ©



Drawings of Zebrus pallaoroi



Drawings from Kovacic et al., 2021 (left: Z. pallaoroi) and Miller, 1986 (right: Z. zebrus)

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State: 2021-04-06
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