Sufflogobius bibarbatus (von Bonde, 1923)
Pelagic goby
photo by SFSA

 Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
 Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 340 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Namibia and South Africa.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 12-13. Fins dusky to black in color (Ref. 2798). Presence of two name-bearing chin barbels (Ref. 92840).
 Biology:  Usually found offshore but was also recorded from shore pools (Ref. 5299). Found in shoals (Ref. 27121). Juveniles epipelagic, adults migrate to deeper waters, and large adults are only recorded from demersal trawls (Ref. 27121). Feeds on phytoplankton and preyed upon by fishes, penguins, Cape cormorants, and fur seals (Ref. 27121). Although targeted by purse seines, it may also be caught incidentally in trawls (Ref. 27121). Prefer cooler waters of 11° to 15°C (Ref. 36731).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 15.05.94
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09

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