Teleostei (teleosts) > Gobiiformes
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(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Gillichthys: Theodore Nicolas Gill (1837-1914) researcher of abyssal fishes and systematics + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 4 - ? m (Ref. 96339). Subtropical; 42°N - 20°N, 125°W - 106°W
Eastern Pacific: California, northern to central Gulf of California.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); common length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 2.00 years (Ref. 56049)
Facultative air-breathing (Ref. 126274); Inhabits tidal flats, bays and coastal sloughs. Prefers mud bottom in shallow water. Non-emerging air-breather (Ref. 31184). Oviparous (Ref. 56079). Males guard the eggs which are found attached to the walls of brood chamber (Ref. 56079).
Female lays several thousand club-shaped eggs in nest built by male. Male guards eggs during 10-12 day incubation.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans