Thorogobius ephippiatus (Lowe, 1839)

Leopard-spotted Goby

Thorogobius ephippiatus

Description: The leopard-spotted goby is probably the most easy to identify of the gobies that occur around Britain and Ireland. It is a moderately large goby, reaching a maximum length of 13cm. The coloration is very distinctive, it has a pale fawn body with conspicuous orange, brick-red or brownish-black spots all over the head and body, hence the common name. There is also a black spot near the rear edge of the first dorsal fin. Breeding males are darker in colour with a conspicuous light-pale blue edge to the dorsal and anal fins.

Habitat: The leopard-spotted goby lives in ledges and crevices in vertical rock faces down to a depth of 40m. It is also occasionally found in deep rockpools on the low shore. The diet consisits mainly of amphipod crustaceans and worms.

Distribution: This species is widespread all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland apart from the east coast of Britain, south of St Abbs.

Similar Species: None in Britain or Ireland.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Thorogobius ephippiatus (Lowe, 1839). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
https://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZG7480 Accessed on 2024-06-21

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