Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Caspiosoma: Composed from Caspian sea + Greek, soma = body (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal; depth range 2 - 8 m (Ref. 4696). Temperate, preferred ?; 49°N - 40°N, 28°E - 53°E
Eurasia: Lower reaches, deltas and limans of rivers draining to the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Caspian Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2058)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished from other European gobies by the following characters: body slightly laterally compressed, anterior part is neither significantly wider nor flatter than caudal peduncle; head length 25-30% SL; no scales, granules, tubercles on body, but with 2-3 wide dark bars; no cephalic lateral line canals; D1 V-VII, with posterior extremity of its membranes reaching origin of D2; ; D2 with 11-13.5 branched rays; caudal peduncle about 3 times longer than deep; eye diameter about 20% HL; interorbital distance smaller than eye diameter; ventral part of second bar narrower than its middle part (Ref. 59043).
Occurs in lower reaches of rivers, deltas and estuaries; over muddy sand with shells (Ref. 4696). Eggs are pear-shaped (Ref. 4696). Feeds on benthic invertebrates, rotifers and algae (Ref.59043).
Miller, P.J., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 1019-1085. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Volume 3. UNESCO, Paris. (Ref. 4696)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00270 - 0.01286), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=20 (probably batch fecundity)).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .