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Author: Sarato, 1889

Gobius fallax Sarato, 1889

Diagnosis: lateral line system with sub-orbital row d in two parts, row x1 ending anteriorly behind pore b, and pore a behind eye on course of oculoscapular canal. Nape scaled, cheek naked. Anterior nostril with triangular flap. Pectoral free rays moderately developed. Pelvic disc about one-third to one-half emarginate, anterior membrane reduced. Dl VI, D2 I + 14-16, A I + 13-15; P 18. Scales in lateral series 39-48. Colour: pale yellowish to olive-green; lateral rows of small spots along head and body; 2 cheek and 3 geniohyoid spots; 3 pairs of small but dark abdominal spots. Size: to 9 cm.

Habitat: inshore, from less than 1 to 20 m on sand near rock crevices and weed-covered stones, and in grottoes. Behaviour: shy. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Mediterranean. Recently recorded from Atlantic (Canaries) by Dooley et al. (1985).

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

Note. Status with respect to G. auratus needs study.

Sarato's goby (Gobius fallax)