Gobius geniporus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Gobiidae

Scientific Name: Gobius geniporus Valenciennes, 1837
Common Name(s):
English Slender Goby
French Gobie à Joues Poreuses, Gobie Génipore, Gobie Svelte
Spanish Gobio Galano
Gobius arenae Bath, 1972

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-03-12
Assessor(s): Kovacic, M., Williams, J.T. & Herler, J.
Reviewer(s): Ahnelt, H., Larson, H. & Harvey, M.
Contributor(s): Francour, P., Bilecenoglu, M., Bariche, M., Tunesi, L. & Goren, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Allen, D.J.
Gobius geniporus is present throughout the western and northeastern Mediterranean Sea and has been recorded from African coasts. There is no specific population information for this species, but it is common and abundant. There are no major threats known. Therefore, G. geniporus is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:A Mediterranean endemic (Miller 1986), G. geniporus has a continuous distribution, including the Adriatic Sea, from the French Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands in the west to the Turkish coasts in the east (Miller 1986, Bilecenoglu et al. 2002, Fischer et al. 2007). In the southeastern Mediterranean, G. geniporus was recently recorded from Cyprus and Crete (Kovačić and Golani 2007, Kovačić et al. 2011). In the southern Mediterranean it has been recorded in Algeria and Tunisia (Dieuzeide et al. 1955, Bradai et al. 2004). Gobius geniporus is found from seven to 22 m depth (Kovačić et al. 2011).
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Algeria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Cyprus; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Malta; Monaco; Montenegro; Slovenia; Spain (Baleares, Spain (mainland)); Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia, Turkey-in-Europe)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Mediterranean and Black Sea
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):22
Upper depth limit (metres):7
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Population [top]

Population:Gobius geniporus is abundant and common (Miller 1973, Jardas 1996).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Gobius geniporus occurs inshore, on rocky and pebbly areas and sand or mud near seagrass (Miller 1986). At Crete, specimens were observed on various bottoms: sand covered with Caulerpa prolifera, various combinations of mixed sandy and rocky bottoms, and on bottoms combined of gravel, cobbles and boulders. The depths varied from seven to 22 m (Kovačić et al. 2011). The spawning period is from April-May (Taranto) (Miller 1986). No data exist for lifespan, life cycle and growth pattern (Miller 1986).
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Gobius geniporus is of low commercial value. It is sometimes traded in Adriatic fish markets and the annual catch for eastern Adriatic Sea is estimated at two tonnes (Jardas 1996).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are in place or needed for this species and it occurs in marine protected areas. Gobius geniporus was previously assessed as Least Concern, globally and in the Mediterranean (Abdul Malak et al. 2011, IUCN 2011).

Errata [top]

Errata reason: Removed duplicate records from the country occurrence list.

Citation: Kovacic, M., Williams, J.T. & Herler, J. 2014. Gobius geniporus (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T194874A103970220. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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