Buenia massutii Kovacic, Ordines & Schliewen, 2017
photo by Kovacic, M.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.2 cm SL (male/unsexed); 2.14 cm SL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 57 - 67 m
Distribution:  Western Mediterranean: Balearic Islands.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following: anterior oculoscapular canal is only semiclosed with pores ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? and additional pores and open furrows from interorbital part to pore ?; no posterior oculoscapular canal; the suborbital row c with 5 papillae; 26-28 scales in lateral series; 16 pectoral fin rays; second spine of the first dorsal fin longest, reaching to or behind posterior end of the second dorsal fin in males when folded down; pelvic fin anterior membrane id 1/6 or less of length of spinous ray in midline depth; head length 31.2-32.5% of SL; eye 32.8-35.7% of HL; caudal fin length 21.5-24.0% of SL (Ref. 114858).
Biology:  Collected by beam trawl, on red algae beds in the circalittoral coarse sand bottoms from around 50 m to almost 80 m depth. There are mainly two type habitats: the Peyssonnelia beds, mainly located in the south west of Mallorca and south Menorca, and the maĆ«rl beds, mainly located in the Menorca Channel area. Visible from radiographed stomachs of specimens were uncrushed molluscs (bivalves and snails) (Ref. 114858).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.04.17

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