BIOTIC Species Information for Thorogobius ephippiatus
Researched byMorvan Barnes Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameThorogobius ephippiatus Common nameLeopard-spotted goby
MCS CodeZG483 Recent Synonyms

PhylumChordata SubphylumVertebrata
SuperclassGnathostomata ClassOsteichthyes
SubclassTeleostei OrderPerciformes
Suborder FamilyGobiidae
GenusThorogobius Speciesephippiatus

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward et al., 1996, Dipper, 2001, Wheeler, 1969, FishBase, 2000, MBA, 1957, Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986,
General Biology
Growth formPisciform
Feeding methodOmnivore
Environmental positionDemersal
Typical food typesSmall crustaceans, polychaetes, gastropods and algae. HabitFree living
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
HeightNot researched Growth Rate2 cm / year
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986, Wheeler, 1969, Miller et al., 2006, Dunne, 1976,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound off most British and Irish coasts although less common off eastern British coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe around the British Isles and Ireland and in the Meditteranean east of Greece.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate. Depth rangeFrom 5 m to 30 m depth.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesCrevices / fissures
Large to very large boulders
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneLower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, Dipper, 2001, Wheeler, 1969, FishBase, 2000, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Whitehead et al., 1986, Wheeler, 1969, Miller et al., 2006, Dunne, 1976, Wilkins & Myers, 2005,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismOviparous
Reproductive SeasonMay to June Reproductive LocationWater column
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life span6-10 years Age at reproductive maturity3-5 years
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity2,500 to 12,000
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodNot relevant
Duration of larval stageNot relevant   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Whitehead et al., 1986, Miller et al., 2006,
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