Thorogobius ephippiatus (Lowe, 1839)
Leopard-spotted goby
photo by Salesjö, A.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 6 - 40 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Skagerrak to Madeira, including the Salvage Islands and Canary Islands. Also in the Mediterranean.
Biology:  Cryptobenthic, found inshore, in or near crevices in vertical rock faces, rarely in deep lower tide-pools, to a depth of 40 m, usually between 6 to 12 m. Feed on crustaceans (copepods, amphipods, decapods), polychaetes, gastropods, algae (Ref. 4696). Spawns up to 12,000 eggs (Ref. 35388).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 19.03.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 09.06.15

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