Gobius xoriguer Iglésias, Vukić & Šanda, 2021
Kestrel goby
Gobius xoriguer
photo by Iglesias, S.P.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6.35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 51 - 104 m
Distribution:  Western Mediterranean: Balearic Islands, Spain; Corsica, France; Gulf of Lion, France. Known only from these 3 localities (as of 2021).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-6; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-13. This species is distingushed by the follwoing set of characters: large eyes, ~27-28% of head length; (2) anterior nostril with a small triangular process; (3) 14 soft rays on D2, 13 soft rays on A; (4) enlarged first dorsal fin rays (adult males), with third D1 spine the longest, 23-27% SL; (5) uppermost P fin rays not free from membrane; (6) long V-shape pelvic fins, ~19% of standard length; (7) 50-51 scales on LL; (8) head oculoscapular canal with pores ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?1, ?2, and preopercular canal with pores ?, ?, ? present; (9) row x1 ending anteriorly behind pore ?; (10) a groove section between pore ? and ?1 connecting the anterior and the posterior oculoscapular canals; (11) suborbital row d discontinuous with large gap below suborbital rows 3 and 4; (12) rows o separated; (13) seven enlarged orange blotches on body side; (14) white dots on cheek and opercle on an orange background.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 21.02.21
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 23.02.21

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