Sand goby - Pomatoschistus minutus - General information
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| Researched by:
|| Refereed by:
||Dr Angus Jackson
||Sea squirts, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals
||Ray-finned fish, e.g. sturgeon, eels, fin fish, gobies, blennies, and seahorses
| Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland
||The sand goby is abundant along all British and Irish coasts.
| Habitat information
||Pomatoschistus minutus is found on sandy or muddy bottoms usually to a depth of about 20 m, but sometimes occurring up to 60-70 m depths. They are usually present in estuaries, lagoons, salt marshes and along coastal waters.
||The sand goby is a small goby, reaching a maximum of 10 cm in length. It has a slender body and the head is about a quarter of the total length. It is pale brown or grey in colour with darker markings on the sides. The underside is creamy-white in colour. Males often have a prominent dark blue spot on the rear of the first dorsal fin.
This review can be cited as follows:
Karen Riley 2007.
Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line].
Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4182>