Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Proterorhinus: Greek, proteros = former + Greek, rhinos = nose (Ref. 45335).
Name should be changed to Proterorhinus semilunaris Heckel 1837 according to: Stepien C.A. & M.A. Tumeo, 2006: Invasion Genetics of Ponto-Caspian Gobies in the Great Lakes: A ‘Cryptic’ Species, Absence of Founder Effects, and Comparative Risk Analy
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; pH range: 7.0 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - ?; amphidromous (Ref. 46888). Temperate; 4°C - 18°C (Ref. 2060); 60°N - 36°N, 17°E - 54°E
Eurasia: rivers and estuaries of Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Caspian Sea, including tributaries. In the Mediterranean, occurs only in the Evros and Strymon systems, which empty in the northern Aegean Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2058)
(total): 7 - 8;
soft rays: 12 - 15. Seven transverse suborbital rows, complete oculoscapular and preopercular lateral-line canals, scaled nape and as a distinctive autapomorphy, an elongate anterior nostril, which extends over the upper lip. Broad dark oblique banding across the body.
Pure inhabitant of brackish waters (Ref. 92840). Occur in rivers and estuaries (Ref. 4696). Based on morphological and molecular data, this species does not enter pure freshwater and inhabits brackish waters in Sevastopol, Crimea (Ref. 59043).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Miller, P.J., 1990. The endurance of endemism: the Mediterranean freshwater gobies and their prospects for survival. J. Fish Biol. 37(Suppl.A):145-156. (Ref. 12215)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 11 - 18.3, mean 13.9 (based on 80 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00528 - 0.01437), b=3.12 (2.98 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming tm<=1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .