|Scientific Name:||Mesogobius batrachocephalus|
|Species Authority:||(Pallas, 1814)|
Gobius batrachocephalus Pallas, 1814
|Taxonomic Notes:||M. nonultimus (nape scaled) from Caspian basin, usually listed as a subspecies of M. batrachocephalus, is a distinct species. It does not enter freshwaters.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M.|
|Reviewer(s):||Bogutskaya, N., & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)|
A widespread species, known from the lower South Bug and freshwater Lake Siut Giol on Romanian coast and the Black and Azov Seas. Locally threatened by periods of hypoxia following algal blooms.
|Previously published Red List assessments:||
|Range Description:||Black and Azov Seas; lower South Bug and freshwater Lake Siut Giol on Romanian coast.|
Native:Bulgaria; Georgia; Romania; Russian Federation; Turkey; Ukraine
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|Population:||Very abundant along the coast.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Inshore habitats, estuaries, brackish- and fresh-water lagoons on sand or rock bottom. Often very deep in summer (down to 100 m). Rarely in pure freshwater.
Lives up to eight years. Spawns for the first time at three years. Spawns in February-May, only once a year. Eggs large, deposited under or between stones. Feeds predominantly on fish.
|Major Threat(s):||Locally threatened by periods of hypoxia following algal blooms.|
|Conservation Actions:||No information.|
|Citation:||Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M. 2008. Mesogobius batrachocephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13232A3423210. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T13232A3423210.en . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.|
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