Pomatoschistus pictus (Malm, 1865)
Painted goby
Pomatoschistus pictus
photo by Svensson, A.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 2 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 55 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Norway (Trondheim fjord) to Spain and the Canary Islands. Reported from the Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 50345).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal fins are close together, covered by black spots. Brownish marking in the middle of each flank, at least 4-5 and doubled (Ref. 35388); body shape is terete, slightly depressed; eyes situated dorso-laterally; reduced swim bladders (Ref. 92840).
Biology:  Inhabits gravel and sand; young may occur in shore pools. Feeds on crustaceans (copepods and amphipods) (Ref. 4696).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05

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