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Bathygobius soporator  (Valenciennes, 1837)

Frillfin goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Bathygobius: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 16 m (Ref. 5299).   Tropical; 16°C - 36°C (Ref. 97140); 46°N - 34°S, 99°W - 15°E

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Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola (Ref. 5299, 57403) and offshore islands. Western Atlantic: Florida Keys in the USA, Bermuda and the Bahamas to Santa Catarina, Brazil (Ref. 7251, 57756). Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 50345). Suspected to be conspecific with Bathygobius fuscus. Record from Algeria needs confirmation (Ref. 2682).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57403)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 7 - 9. Diagnosis: body with 3 broad, oblique, dark cross bars; numerous pale striae along sides, corresponding to the center of each longitudinal scale row; head and pectoral-fin bases with white spots and mottling; predorsal scales extend well anterior to level of preoperculum, and anterior margin of scaled area appears convex in dorsal view (Ref. 57403). 4-5 outer/upper pectoral-fin rays free (Ref. 57403), hence its name "Frillfin goby" (Ref. 26938). Body shape is terete, slightly depressed; eyes situated dorso-laterally; reduced swim bladders (Ref. 92840).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A resident intertidal species with homing behavior (Ref. 32612). Mainly found in pools (Ref. 4343). Abundant in rocky tide pools and along water's edge (Ref. 7251) in lagoons, creeks, estuaries (Ref. 5299, 57403) and swamps (Ref. 57403). Occasionally found in fresh waters (Ref. 57403, 79590), with salinity range of 0.0-38.8 ppt (Ref. 97140).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Benthic spawner.

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Harrison, I.J., P.J. Miller and F. Pezold, 2003. Gobiidae. p. 625-666 In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57403)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00475 - 0.01270), b=3.07 (2.93 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.55 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .