PISCES : PERCIFORMES : GobiidaeBONY FISH

Pomatoschistus pictus (Malm, 1865)

Painted Goby


Description: This is a relatively small goby with most adult fish being only about 6cm in length although some may grow to 9.5cm. It is a fawn-brown colour with a row of four double dark brown spots along the sides. The dorsal fin has rows of dark brown-black spots interspersed with bands of irridescent blue and rosy pink.

Habitat: The painted goby is usually found on coarse sand or gravel from the low shore to depths of approximately 50m.

Distribution: This species occurs all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland apart from the east coast of England.

Similar Species: The painted goby is one of three small gobies commonly encountered on sand and gravel seabeds, the other two being the sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus) and the common goby (Pomatoschistus microps). However the rows of black spots on the dorsal fin of the painted goby are characteristic.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZG7440

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