Click on the image to get the
high resolution picture. Photos by Andreas Iliopoulos / MCH
Original drawing in "Guid d'identification des
poissons marins Europe et Mediterranee" by Patrick Louisy
photo: Male, bottom: Female. This
female specimen of Tripterygion
delaisi, was photographed in the territory of the
male fish shown
above. Emanuel Gonçalves sent in this
remark (July 2005): "The last photo you are displaying as
being a female T. delaisi is a goby (Gobius cruentatus)"
Many thanks for the comment Gonçalves
Length: up to 9 cm
Atlantic (from England to Senegal), Madeira, Canary islands,
Depth: from 0 to 40 meters.
Food: benthic invertebrates and harpacticoids.
General info: They
found in shallow
waters, near coasts with rocky substrates, caves and crevices. The males are highly territorial and there is a
between sexes. Males are colored bright yellow with dark blue – black
heads and the fronts of the caudal fins, like the one shown in
this photo. The males display themselves, during breeding,
swimming in 8 shape. Adapts potentially in captivity.
The specimen is a male in breeding coloration. Photo
was taken in about 15 meters in a typical Mediterranean reef
near Syros island by
G. Rigoutsos (hobbyist scuba diver, member of the
Nautical Ecological and Cultural
Association of Kini Bay).
Adapts potentially good in captivity and it is a very
good addition in typical Mediterranean reef tanks. They grow
about 6 cm to 9 cm in length.