porte-écuelle des oursins

Scientific name Apletodon incognitus
Descriptor Hofrichter & Patzner
Year of description 1997
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Gobiesocidae
Genus Apletodon
Apletodon incognitus Apletodon incognitus


Apletodon incognitus, commonly known as porte-écuelle des oursins, is a little salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    2 cm
  • Maximum size
    2.7 cm
  • Longevity
    3 year
  • Average size
    2 cm
  • Maximum size
    2.7 cm
  • Longevity
    3 year

How to recognize the porte-écuelle des oursins ?

The porte-écuelle des oursins measures between 2 and 2.7 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly marron and violet body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The porte-écuelle des oursins is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

The porte-écuelle des oursins is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    18 - 19 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 19 m

Biotope presentation

The porte-écuelle des oursins is most often found at a depth between 2m and 19m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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