Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cottidae
Etymology: Cottus: Greek, kottos = a fish (Ref. 45335); rondeleti: Named in honor of Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566), precursor of European ichthyology and author of one of the very first ichthyological treaties (1554-55).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Temperate
Europe: Three disjunct populations in Hérault drainage, France.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89113)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11. Differs from all other species of Cottus in France by having only 10-11 1/2 anal-fin rays. Other characters useful in the identification: posterior tip of second dorsal fin reaching rudimentary caudal-fin rays; no transverse bands on pelvic fin; lateral line complete, with 30-33+1 pores; 13 pectoral-fin rays; no prickling on body; length of caudal peduncle 58-71% HL; depth of caudal peduncle 26-32% HL; predorsal length 34-37 % SL; distance from tip of snout to origin of second dorsal fin 54-57% SL; preanal length 54-58% SL; first and second dorsal fins slightly to moderately joined; snout pale; first dorsal fin with very dark base (Ref. 55856).
Inhabits small stream with clear, swift water and stone bottom (Ref. 59043).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Freyhof, J., M. Kottelat and A. Nolte, 2005. Taxonomic diversity of European Cottus with description of eight new species (Teleostei: Cottidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 16(2):107-172. (Ref. 55856)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00338 - 0.02247), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .