The Painted goby (Pomatoschistus pictus) is a small goby of Western European It lives at depths between 1 and 55 metres, preferring a gravelly or sandy environment. Its young may sometimes be found in tide pools. It feeds on amphipods and copepods. It is sometimes seen in the UK.


The painted goby is a relatively small goby, only growing to 6cm in length, although some may grow to 9.5cm. It is fawn-brown, with a row of four double dark brown spots along the sides. The dorsal fin has rows of dark brown-black spots interspersed with bands of iridescent blue and pink.

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