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Fish #157 Two-spotted Goby Gobiusculus flavescens ~ Adele Pound
Acrylic on canvas 61 x 51 cm
Both sexes of this species have a dark spot at the base of the tail. The males have a second spot behind the gills. So is the female the 2 spot goby - one on each side, or is it the male - two each side but four in total? I guess it all depends on how you count them. In any case, when I am snorkelling, I always seem to run into two spotted gobies somewhere. Unlike other goby species that sit on the sand or rock surfaces, the two spot likes to hang out in mid water. They hover in small groups in the shelter of tall clumps of seaweed glistening like tiny green and red jewels. They seem a little less concerned by my approach than other fish. They must know I am far too slow to be a threat.
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