Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Gobioninae
Etymology: Gobio: Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); bulgaricus: Named for its type locality's geographic location, Maritsa River in Bulgaria.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Temperate
Europe and Asia: Aegean basin, from Maritza to Aliakmon drainages (Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia). Populations from Maritza and Vardar drainages probably represent two species, Gobio bulgaricus and Gobio balcanicus.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59043)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosed from other congeners in Adriatic and Aegean Sea basin by having the following characters: scales between anus and anal origin 4-6; head length 25-29% SL; breast scaled between pectorals, scales reaching forward beyond base of pectoral (at least in some individuals of any population); scales on lateral line usually 35-38 + 3 ; scale rows around caudal peduncle 14-16; eye diameter 1.1-1.5 times in interorbital distance (Ref. 59043).
Found in stretches of streams and rivers with moderate flow, usually on sand bottom (Ref. 59043). Size reaches up to about 9 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kottelat, M. and J. Freyhof, 2007. Handbook of European freshwater fishes. Publications Kottelat, Cornol and Freyhof, Berlin. 646 pp. (Ref. 59043)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00692 (0.00290 - 0.01653), b=3.16 (2.98 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±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 vulnerability (23 of 100) .