Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Crystallogobius: Latin, cristallum = ice + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory (Ref. 4696); depth range 1 - 400 m (Ref. 35388). Temperate; 70°N - 35°N, 11°W - 25°E
Eastern Atlantic: Lofotens, Norway, to Gibraltar. Also known from the Mediterranean Sea. Eastern Central Atlantic: Madeira Island (Ref. 74541).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4696); 3.9 cm SL (female); max. reported age: 1 years (Ref. 232)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 2 - 3;
soft rays: 20 - 21. Patterns of sensory papillae require detailed description. Pronounced sexual dimorphism. Anterior nostril a short tube. Pectoral fin uppermost rays within membrane. Males: with prominent front canine teeth; pelvic disc complete and deep; 1st dorsal with only 2 with rays. Females: pelvic disc reduced or lacking; 1st dorsal absent or rudimentary. Vertebrae 30(29-31).
Benthic and free swimming (Ref. 92840). This occasionally territorial species occurs in coastal waters, over shell, sand, or mud bottoms; males bottom-living during breeding season. Feed on zooplankton (Ref. 5204). Spawning takes place when 1 year old. Adults die afterwards. Eggs are laid in the empty tube-worms and are guarded by the male (Ref. 35388). Eggs are pear-shaped (Ref. 4696).
Males guard eggs in empty tubes of larger worms, such as Chaetopterus. Adults die after breeding (Ref. 4696).
Wheeler, A., 1992. A list of the common and scientific names of fishes of the British Isles. J. Fish Biol. 41(suppl.A):1-37. (Ref. 5204)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 6.8 - 14.3, mean 9.8 (based on 546 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00300 - 0.01455), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm=1; tmax=1; Fec=340).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .