Morphology Data of Gobius ateriformis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Brito, A. and P.J. Miller, 2001
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Anterior nostril with long multifid tentacle, posterior nostril pore-like; angle of jaws below anterior edge of pupil; upper lip width equal to that of preorbital width; teeth caniniform, in three or four rows medially (Ref. 39517). It appears close to Gobius ater, but it has a higher number of pectoral fin rays (22), fewer anal branched rays (10), a lower mode for second dorsal branched rays (12) and modally fewer scales in lateral series (Ref. 39517). Body is more or less uniform brown with numerous small black marks along lateral midline on most scales (Ref.39517).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gobius ateriformis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 33 - 36
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   22 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  joint, cup-like
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Boden, Gert
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