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The Leopard-spotted Goby (Thorogobius ephippiatus) can grow to 13cm.
Leogoby

leopard spotted goby

IdentificationEdit

Medium-sized goby (a family of small fishes with a notorious reputation of being difficult to differentiate, characterised by a pair of dorsal fins, a pelvic fin fused into a weak suction cup). This is the most striking of the British species as the orange blotches are conspicuous in contrast to the coloration of the other species which is usually cryptic to match a background of rock or sand.

BreedingEdit

Late spring around the British coasts.

HabitatEdit

In rocky areas below low water mark and only rarely found intertidally in the proximity of deep water.

FoodEdit

Small crustaceans like caprellids, worms.

RangeEdit

Off the coasts to the south and west of Britain only. Western English Channel only.

Additional NotesEdit

Only recognised as a common British fish after the popularity of SCUBA diving. Not nearly as prevalent as most other British gobies.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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