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Author: Gmelin, 1789

Gobius cruentatus Gmelin, 1789

Diagnosis: lateral line system with sub-orbital row d continuous and anterior transverse rows reaching border of orbit; row x1 ends anteriorly above or before pore b; pore a behind eye on course of oculoscapular canal; head sensory papillae black; body with additional short vertical rows above lateral midline. Nape and rear cheek scaled. Anterior nostril with flap or tentacle. Pectoral free rays moderately developed. Pelvic disc somewhat emarginate, anterior membrane little to well developed, without conspicuous lateral lobes. Dl VI; D2 I + 14; A I + 12-13; P 20-21. Scales in lateral series 52-58. Colour: mottled reddish-brown with larger dark blotches along lateral midline and more or less distinct smaller series below; lips and cheeks with vivid red markings. Size: to 18 cm.

Habitat: inshore, 15-40 m, on rocky ground, sand, and sea-grass. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: eastern Atlantic, from south-west Ireland to Morocco; Mediterranean.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Padoa, 1953: 673.
Otoliths (sagitta). Bauzá-Rullán, 1962: pl. V (fig. 48-50).

Red-mouthed goby (Gobius cruentatus)