Pungitius platygaster


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pungitius platygaster
Species Authority: (Kessler, 1859)
Common Name(s):
English Ukranian Stickleback
Taxonomic Notes: P. aralensis, from the Aral Sea basin, earlier considered as a subspecies of P. platygaster, is a distinct species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M.
Reviewer(s): Bogutskaya, N., & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
A widespread species with no known major widespread threats.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Lower course of rivers draining to northern shore of Black, Caspian and Aral Sea basins, Danube drainage as far upstream as Belgrade; isolated populations in Axios and Aliakmon drainages (Greece). Also in Lower and middle reaches of Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya, Sary-su River, Lower Chu River; headwaters of Ob' river (Nura River, Kurgal'dzhin Lake). In 1980s invaded Ishim River (tributary of Irtysh) and spread downstream to Ust'-Ishim and Tyumen' Province in Russia
Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Greece; Hungary; Kazakhstan; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Moldova; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Serbia); Turkey; Ukraine
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Habitat:
Swamps and slow-flowing streams with dense vegetation; occasionally enters brackish water.

Spawns for the first time at one year. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Spawns in spring when temperature reaches 17°C. Territorial during spawning season. Males build a nest made of filamentous algae and submerged plants, with a separate entrance and exit. Males guard nest until the young swim away a few weeks later. Females lay about 90 eggs.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information.

Citation: Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M. 2008. Pungitius platygaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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