Species Factsheet

Neogobius melanostomus


Complete name: Neogobius melanostomus (Pallas, 1814)
Taxonomy: Osteichthyes » Chordata » Actinopterygii » Perciformes » Gobiidae » Neogobius melanostomus
Authors: Vadim Panov
Last updated: December 17th, 2006

Common Names

Round goby .


Gobius affinis Eichwald, 1831
Gobius cephalarges Pallas, 1814
Gobius chilo Pallas, 1814
Gobius exanthematosus Pallas, 1814
Gobius grosshoizii Steindachner, 1894
Gobius lugens Nordmann, 1840
Gobius melanio Pallas, 1814
Gobius melanostomus Pallas, 1814
Gobius sulcatus Eichwald, 1831
Gobius virescens Pallas, 1814
Neogobius cephalarges (Pallas, 1814)
Neogobius cephalarges cephalarges (Pallas, 1814)
Neogobius melanostomus
Neogobius melanostomus affinis (Eichwald, 1831)
Ponticola cephalarges (Pallas, 1814)

Short Description

It is a small, soft-bodied fish, with a fused pelvic fin that forms a suction disk on the ventral surface. The body is brownish grey with dark brown lateral spots. Mature males are completely black during spawning and nest guarding, with yellowish spots on the body and median fins fringed yellow or white. A large black spot is usually present at the end of the first dorsal fin, beginning at the fifth ray. It is a benthic feeder. Its diet composes of crustaceans and molluscs, including zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), polychaetes, small fish, goby eggs and chironomid larvae.