Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Mesogobius: Greek,mesos = half + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Pallas.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal; depth range 20 - 100 m (Ref. 4696). Temperate; 4°C - 18°C (Ref. 2059); 49°N - 40°N, 27°E - 54°E
Europe and Asia: Black Sea, and Sea of Azov; lower South Bug and freshwater Lake Siut Giol on Romanian coast.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92840); max. published weight: 600.00 g (Ref. 50519); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 59043)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12 - 16. This species is distinguished from its congeners in freshwaters in Black Sea basin by the following characters: papillae in suborbital area 8-10 vertical rows; total scales in midlateral series 72-85; naked nape (Ref. 59043).
Inhabits inshore, estuaries, brackish- and fresh-water lagoons on sand or rock bottom. Rarely occurs in pure freshwater (Ref. 59043). Found on sand, shell, and rocks near cliffs; at 20-60 m in summer, sometimes as deep as 100 m. Feeds mainly on fish (Ref. 4696). Approaches the sea coasts for spawning in spring (Ref. 2058). Due to large their large size, have certain commercial value in some areas and are popular for sport fishers (Ref. 92840).
Miller, P.J., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 1019-1085. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Volume 3. UNESCO, Paris. (Ref. 4696)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00517 - 0.01764), b=3.02 (2.86 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; based on food items.
Generation time: 4.4 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=8; tm=3;).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .