Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Mesogobius: Greek,mesos = half + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 20 - 100 m (Ref. 4696). Temperate; 4°C - 18°C (Ref. 2059); 49°N - 40°N, 27°E - 54°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92840); max. published weight: 600.00 g (Ref. 50519); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 59043)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12 - 16. This species is distinguished from its congeners in freshwaters in Black Sea basin by the following characters: papillae in suborbital area 8-10 vertical rows; total scales in midlateral series 72-85; naked nape (Ref. 59043).
Europe: Black Sea, and Sea of Azov.
Occurs inshore, in estuaries and brackish lagoons; rarely in freshwater. Found on sand, shell, and rocks near cliffs; at 20-60 m in summer, sometimes as deep as 100 m. Feeds mainly on fish (Ref. 4696). Approaches the sea coasts for spawning in spring (Ref. 2058). Due to large their large size, have certain commercial value in some areas and are popular for sport fishers (Ref. 92840).
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01148 (0.00653 - 0.02018), b=2.99 (2.84 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=8; tm=3;).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .