BIOTIC Species Information for Pomatoschistus microps
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Researched byKaren Riley Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byAngus Jackson
General Biology
Growth formPisciform
Feeding methodPredator
Mobility/MovementSwimmer
Environmental positionDemersal
Epibenthic
Typical food typesAmphipods, isopods, polychaetes and chironomid larvae. HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
Height Growth Rate0.16 -0.27 mm/day
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional InformationThe common goby is an important food source for both birds and larger fish. Adults feed at the surface of the sediment on amphipods, isopods, polychaetes and chironomid larvae, while the juveniles' diet consists largely of interstitial copepods.

Pomatoschistus microps matures early and has a short life span. Doornbos & Twisk (1987) reported a growth rate of 0.16 -0.27 mm/day. Its maximum age was found to be between 19 and 26 months in the Atlantic (Bouchereau & Guelorget, 1998; Miller, 1986; Miller, 1975), with most adults dying in the second autumn of life (Miller, 1975). In the Mediterranean the lifespan is reported as between 12 and 14 months (Bouchereau & Guelorget, 1998). The common goby is small, measuring up to 64 mm on British coasts (Jones and Miller, 1966) and 53 mm in the Mediterranean (Bouchereau et al., 1989).

Biology References Miller, 1975, Bouchereau & Guelorget, 1998, Jones & Miller, 1966, Froese & Pauly, 2000, Bouchereau et al., 1989, Miller, 1986, Doornbos & Twisk, 1987,
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