Gobius cruentatus (Gmelin, 1789)
Photos by MCH/Stefanos Xenakis
Close up photo by MCH/Andreas I. Iliopoulos
Size: length (TL) about 18 cm when adult
Environment: Reef associated. The species occurs in inshore waters with rocky or sandy substrata and underwater vegetation (see grass meadows).
Depth: from 10 m to 40 m
Food: Small invertebrate animals, crustaceans and algae
Distribution: Mediterranean Sea, east Atlantic Ocean (from southwestern Ireland to Morocco and Senegal)
Common name: red mouthed goby
General notes: A nice addition for typical reef Mediterranean systems of medium size – over five hundred liters (500 l) in volume – with accordingly to its needs set ups.
They show a bit of intolerance (but mild) on their conspecifics and to other relative species that inhabit the same environments in the wild. Popular to aquarists and thus has some financial importance.