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Romanogobio kesslerii  (Dybowski, 1862)

Kessler's gudgeon
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Gobioninae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Temperate, preferred ?; 52°N - 43°N, 17°E - 30°E

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Europe: Dniestr and tributaries of lower and middle Danube drainage (Black Sea basin); upper Vistula drainage in Poland (Baltic Basin). Systematics of sand gudgeon has not been resolved and several species seem to be confused under the name of Romanogobio kesslerii.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1441); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1441); max. reported age: 5 years (Ref. 59043)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 6. Diagnosed from its congeners in Baltic and Black Sea basins by the possession of the following characters: predorsal scales with longitudinal epithelial crests; scale rows between lateral line and pelvic origin 3; scale rows around caudal peduncle 12; dorsal fin with 8½ branched rays; anal fin with 6½ branched rays; eye small, diameter 20-28% HL, 1.0-1.3 times in interorbital distance; body depth 14-21% SL (Ref. 59043).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults inhabit fast-flowing piedmont rivers with large areas of sand bottom. They live in groups. Juveniles and adults are active during day. Preyson a variety of benthic invertebrates, usually catching drifting prey. Spawning occurs in shallow areas over gravel, sand or plant material in fast-flowing water. Gradual decline is expected due to on-going economic development. Are sensitive to organic pollution (Ref. 59043).

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Both sexes move to surface or open water to spawn. Eggs are released in successive portions and drift with current, sink to bottom and stick to substrate (Ref. 59043).

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Naseka, A.M. and J. Freyhof, 2004. Romanogobio parvus, a new gudgeon from River Kuban, southern Russia (Cyprinidae, Gobioninae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 15(1):17-23. (Ref. 52363)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00277 - 0.01251), b=3.14 (2.96 - 3.32), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .