Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 207–214 | Cite as

Habitat Utilization and Depth Distribution of Small Cryptobenthic Fishes (Blenniidae, Gobiesocidae, Gobiidae, Tripterygiidae) in Ibiza (Western Mediterranean Sea)

  • Robert A. Patzner
Article

Abstract

The paper describes the habitat utilization of small cryptobenthic fishes of the families Blenniidae (Lipophrys nigriceps, and Parablennius zvonimiri), Gobiesocidae (Apletodon incognitus, Gouania wildenowi, Lepadogaster candollei, and L. lepadogaster), Gobiidae (Chromogobius zebratus, Corcyrogobius liechtensteini, Didogobius splechtnai, Gammogobius steinitzi, Millerigobius macrocephalus, Thorogobius ephippiatus, T. macrolepis, and Zebrus zebrus), and Tripterygiidae (Tripterygion melanurus). Nine different habitats from the waterline to a depth of about 40 m were examined. The depth distributions of the single species and co-occurrences with other cryptobenthic fish species are given.

habitat types Baleares cryptic species 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References cited

  1. Abel, E.F. 1959. Zur Kenntnis der Beziehungen der Fische zu Höhlen im Mittelmeer. Publ. Staz. Napoli 30: 519-528.Google Scholar
  2. Abel, E.F. 1962. Freiwasserbeobachtungen an Fischen im Golf von Neapel als Beitrag zur Kenntnis ihrer Ökologie und ihres Verhaltens. Int. Rev. Ges. Hydrobiol. 47: 229-290.Google Scholar
  3. Ahnelt, H. 1990. Chromogobius quadrivittatus, Chromogobius zebratus und Zebrus zebrus (Pisces, Gobbiidae): Erstnachweis für Korsika (Frankreich) und Sardinien (Italien). Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 91: 27-41.Google Scholar
  4. Ahnelt, H., P.J. Miller & R.A. Patzner. 1994. Systematics and distribution of two rare Mediterranean gobies, Corcyrogobius liechtensteini (Kolombatovic, 1891) and Odondebuenia balearica (Pellegrin & Fage, 1907) (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Cybium 18: 169-176.Google Scholar
  5. Ahnelt, H. & R.A. Patzner. 1995. A new species of Didogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the western Mediterranean. Cybium 19: 95-102.Google Scholar
  6. Ahnelt, H. & R.A. Patzner. 1996. Kryptobenthische Meergrundeln von den Balearen (Westliches Mittelmeer) mit Anmerkungen zum Unterartstatus von Chromogobius zebratus levanticus. Ann. Nat. Hist. Mus. Wien 98B: 529-544.Google Scholar
  7. Ahnelt, H. & M. Kovacic. 1997. A northern Adriatic population of Thorogobius macrolepis (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Cybium 21: 149-162.Google Scholar
  8. Briggs, J.C. 1986. Gobiesocidae. pp. 11351-11359. In: P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen & E. Tortonese (ed.) Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Unesco, Paris.Google Scholar
  9. Hofrichter, R. 1995. Taxonomie, Verbreitung und Ökologie von Schildfischen der Unterfamilie Lepadogastrinae (Gobiesocidae, Teleostei). Ph. D. Thesis, University of Salzburg, Salzburg. 469 pp.Google Scholar
  10. Hofrichter, R. & R.A. Patzner. 1997. A new species of Apletodon from the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic with notes on the differentiation between Apletodon-and Diplecogaster-species (Pisces: Teleostei: Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae). Senckenbergiana biologica 77: 15-22.Google Scholar
  11. Kotrschal, K. 1988. Blennies and endolithic bivalves: differential utilization of shelter in Adriatic Blenniidae (Pisces: Teleostei). P.S.Z.N.I. Marine Ecology 9: 253-269.Google Scholar
  12. Kovacic, M. 1994. Contribution of the knowledge of gobies, Gobiidae (Pisces, Perciformes) in the Rijeka Bay, Adriatic Sea. Periodicum Biologorum 96: 463-465.Google Scholar
  13. Miller, P.J. 1977. Gobies from Rhodes and systematic features of Zebrus zebrus (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 60: 339-362.Google Scholar
  14. Miller, P.J. 1979. Adaptiveness and implications of small size in teleosts. Symp. Zool. Soc. Lond. 44: 263-306.Google Scholar
  15. Miller, P.J. 1986. Gobiidae. pp. 1019-1085. In: P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen & E. Tortonese (ed.) Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Unesco, Paris.Google Scholar
  16. Miller, P.J. 1996. The functional ecology of small fish: some opportunities and consequences. Symp. Zool. Soc. Lond. 69: 175-199.Google Scholar
  17. Nieto, P. & L.J. Alberto. 1992. The presence of Zebrus zebrus (Risso, 1826) (Gobiidae) on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Cybium 16: 137-144.Google Scholar
  18. Patzner, R.A. 1984. Die Blenniden von Ibiza (Balearen) und ihre Verbreitung im West-Mittelmeer (Pisces: Teleostei: Blennioidea). Senckenberg. Biol. 65: 179-303.Google Scholar
  19. Patzner, R.A. 1999. Sea urchins as a hiding-place for juvenile benthic teleosts (Gobiidae, Gobiesocidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Cybium (in press).Google Scholar
  20. Patzner, R.A. & R.S. Santos. 1992. Field observations on the association between the clingfish Diplecogaster bimaculata pectoralis Briggs, 1955 and different species of sea urchins at the Azores. Z. Fischk. 1: 157-161.Google Scholar
  21. Patzner, R.A., R.S. Santos & B. Loidl. 1993. Eine neu entdeckte Partnerschaft von den Azoren. Schildfische und Seeigel. DATZ 46: 374-375.Google Scholar
  22. Sparta, A. 1948. Uova e larve de Gobiidae. IV. Gobius zebrus Risso (con osservazioni sul dispositivo degli organi ciatiformi negli adulti di ambi i sessi). Bolletino di Pesca, Piscicoltura e Idrobiologia, Ann 24, New Ser. 3: 1-7.Google Scholar
  23. Wirtz, P. 1978. The behavior of the Mediterranean Tripterygion species (Blenniodei). Z. Tierpsych. 48: 142-174.Google Scholar
  24. Zander, C.D. & A. Heymer. 1976. Morphologische und ökologische Untersuchungen an den speleophilen Schleimfischartigen Tripterygion melanurus und T. minor. Zeitschr. zool. Syst. Evol. 14: 41-59.Google Scholar
  25. Zander, C.D. 1990. Benthic fishes of sea caves as components of the mesolithion in the Mediterranean Sea. Memoires de Biospeologie 17: 57-64.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Patzner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria (e-mail

Personalised recommendations