Common Goby
Fact File:

Common Name(s):
Common Goby

Scientific Name:
Pomatoschistus microps

Usual Size:
64 mm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:



MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Small goby (a family of small fishes with a notorious reputation of being difficult to differentiate, characterised by a pair of dorsal fins, and a pelvic fin fused into a weak suction cup). Sandy colour, but not so long as the similar species Pomatoschistus minutus. In breeding coloration the male fish has a dark blotch at the rear of the first dorsal fin. Only experienced rockpoolers are likely to be able to separate these species in the wild.

Spring. May lay eggs up to five times under a shell. Male guards the eggs.

Life span 12 - 15 months only.

Sandy shallows, intertidal with shallow sandy pools, estuaries in summer.

Small crustaceans like caprellids, worms.

All British coasts.Abundant.

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