Metadata

Gouania willdenowi

(Risso 1810)

ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
GobiesociformesGobiesociformesGobiesocidae

Synonyms

None.

Country

Mediterranean

Distribution

Throughout the northern coast of the Mediterranean.

Habitat

The interstices of marine sands.

Systematics

Morphological and molecular studies by Wagner et al. (2019) demonstrate conclusively that there are at least five cryptic species across the Mediterranean and not one as currently understood. The five have not been formally described but are known as: stout Adriatic, slender Adriatic, stout Eastern, slender Eastern and stout Western Mediterranean Gouania.

Conservation Status

[LC]

Herler, J., Williams, J.T. & Kovacic, M. 2014. Gouania willdenowi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T194960A49087174. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T194960A49087174.en. Downloaded on 23 July 2019.

Key References

Hofrichter, R. and Patzner, R.A. Journal Article 2000 Habitat and microhabitat of Mediterranean clingfishes (Teleostei: Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae)
Wagner, M., Bračunb, S., Skofitscha, G., Kovačićc, M., Zogarisd, S., Iglésiase, S.P., Sefca, K.M. and Koblmüllera, S. Journal Article 2019 Diversification in gravel beaches: A radiation of interstitial clingfish (Gouania, Gobiesocidae) in the Mediterranean Sea