Images of species taken on the uppershore at Marazion, 01.02.10; and in a middleshore rockpool between Skilly and Roskilley, south of Newlyn, Cornwall. 05.08.11.
Giant gobies are a protected species in the UK. Their typical habitat are rockpools on the upper to middleshore, that are lined with green algae and where there are large boulders for them to retreat.
Because of the protection it would be wrong to try and catch them and put them in a bucket. My experience of them is that it is extremely difficult to net them anyway because of the size of the stones they hide under. Trying to net them may just stress or at worse damage them in some way.
They can be easily found and observed on the rocky shores on the Devon and Cornwall coast where they occur. Giant gobies would appear to love to bask in the sun, if disturbed you'll often hear a very large splosh in the pool beside you; which is a good sign the fish are there. The species, the largest Goby in UK Waters, can get up to 30cm in length. You'll be best able to see them, if they're hungry, by placing a piece of fish or shellfish in the pool near the rock they're under and waiting very patiently.
Giant gobies can easily be confused with large Rock gobies, that can be found in the same pools. By studying the images here you should be able to tell the difference without having to capture them. If you do find them they should be reported to the local Wildlife Trust, giving the date and place where they were seen and they type of habitat they were found in.
Scientific and European Names: Gobius cobitis, Giant goby, Gobi mawr.
APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project works closely with the following bodies and organisations.
The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.
The CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders is an independent umbrella organisation supporting independent recorders and recording groups in the county of Cornwall.
The Cornish Biodiversity Network
or CBN is the largest open source wildlife database in Cornwall that sends open source data to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). It is a new recording system based on the ERICA database, the largest recording resource in Cornwall. The CBN best supports the activities and needs of the independent recording community and recording groups in Cornwall.
The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum. The link here is to the NBN Atlas.The link here is to the NBN Atlas.
The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.
The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.