Two spotted goby (Gobiusculus flavescens)
|Researched by||Susie Ballerstedt||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Gobius ruthensparri (Fabricius, 1779)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandCommon on all coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionFound in the eastern Atlantic from Faeroes, Vesteralen (Norway), and western Baltic to north west Spain excluding south east North Sea. Rarely reported in the Mediterranean.
HabitatDistinct from other goby species, Gobiusculus flavescens are frequently found hovering in small, loose shoals in the water column amongst Laminaria plants and Zostera beds and over seaweed covered rocks. They are found in intertidal pools and shallow water to a depth of 20 m.
- A black spot at the base of the tail fin.
- Males exhibit a second black spot beneath pectoral fins.
- Small and slender, up to 6 cm in length.
- Eyes on side of head (lateral).
- Characteristically found in loose shoals above or amongst Laminaria and Zostera beds.
- Reddish to greenish brown with pale undersides.
- Light coloured 'saddle' marks along the back.
- First dorsal fin bears 7 rays.
Additional informationWheeler (1969) remarks that breeding males become so brilliantly coloured that they are almost unrecognizable
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Last Updated: 03/06/2008