Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of the rare gobiid fish Gobius couchi in the Ligurian Sea (north-western Mediterranean)

Ha Trieu Hung Liua1a2, Harald Ahnelta1 c1, Giovanni A.C. Balmaa3 and Giovanni B. Delmastroa3

a1 University of Vienna, Department of Theoretical Biology, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

a2 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Wadden Sea Station Sylt, Hafenstrasse 43, D-25992 List, Germany

a3 Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Carmagnola, via San Francesco di Sales 188, Parco Cascina Vigna, I-10022 Carmagnola (TO), Italy


The first record of Gobius couchi for the Ligurian Sea and the second record of this rare gobiid fish for the western Mediterranean are reported.

(Received April 14 2009)

(Accepted May 25 2009)


  • Gobiidae;
  • Gobius couchi;
  • first record;
  • Ligurian Sea