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Author: Steindachner, 1870

Gobius bucchichi Steindachner, 1870

Diagnosis: lateral line system with sub-orbital row d usually in two parts (rarely continuous), row x1 ending anteriorly behind pore b, and pore a behind eye on course of oculoscapular canal. Nape scaled, cheek naked. Anterior nostril with narrow tentacle, sometimes bifid. Pectoral free rays well developed. Pelvic disc oblong, with anterior membrane lacking pronounced lateral lobes. D1 VI; D2 I + 14 (13-14); A I + 13 (12-14); P 19-20 (18-20). Scales in lateral series 50-56. Colour: fawn to darker brown, with longitudinal rows of dark spots along head and body; pectoral dark mark somewhat deeper than long. Size: to 10 cm.

Habitat: inshore, on sand and mud, with sea-grass, taking refuge among tentacles of snakelocks sea-anemone, Anemonia sulcata; also in shore pools. Food: polychaetes, crustaceans (especially amphipods), molluscs and algae. Reproduction: June-August (Sebastopol, Black Sea). Eggs spindle-like, 1.05-1.50 x 0.5-0.57 mm; development 6 days at 21-22 °C; hatch at 2.17 mm. Sexually mature at 1 year, 3.4-3.8 cm. Fecundity 1,200-10,200.

Distribution: eastern Atlantic (Algarve coast, Portugal); Mediterranean and Black Sea. Recently reported from Morocco (Brownell, 1978).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Bucchich's goby (Gobius bucchichi)