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The Sand Goby (Pomatoschistus minitus) can grow to 94mm.

Identification[]

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 longer* than the similar species Pomatoschistus microps.

In breeding coloration the male fish has a occelated spot at the rear of the first dorsal fin. Only experienced rockpoolers are likely to be able to separate these species in the wild. Distance from the last second dorsal fin ray to the tail fin is proportionately greater than in P.microps.

Breeding[]

Summer.

Habitat[]

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

Food[]

Small crustaceans like caprellids, worms.

Range[]

All British coasts, North Sea, Mediterranean. Abundant.

References[]

The Aquarium Project

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