• Norwegian: bergkutling


It may be confused with the common goby. The most distinct difference is the one or two rows of darks spots on the slightly separated dorsal fins. The major body color is brown with four or five diffuse, dark spots along the flank. It may may reach a body length of 5,5 cm.


It is most frequent on inshore sand and gravel, from just below the tidal zone and down to 55 meters.


The painted goby is found along the Atlantic shores from Trøndelag, Norway to Spain. It is also registered in the Mediterranean.