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Ponticola kessleri (Bighead goby; Kessler's Goby)

Synonyms: Gobius kessleri; Neogobius kessleri
Language: Danish; Finnish; French; German; Mandarin Chinese; Persian; Portuguese; Romanian; Russian; Turkish

Wikipedia Abstract

Ponticola kessleri, the bighead goby or Kessler's goby, is a species of goby native to Eurasia. The bighead goby is a Ponto-Caspian relict species. It inhabits the fresh and oligohaline waters, with mineralisation from 0-0.5‰ up to 1.5-3.0‰.
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Brood Guarder [1]  Yes
Diet [1]  Carnivore (Vertebrates)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Neogobius fluviatilis (Sand goby)1
Proterorhinus marmoratus (tubenose blenny)1


Ponticola kessleri (Bighead goby)[3]


Range Map


Europe and Asia: Danube delta (Braila, Lake Brates); Lakes Kagul, Yalpukh, Katlabukh, Kitai. Dniester from the liman to the region of Kamentes-Podol'sk. Dnieper to Dnepropetrovsk; Odessa and all coasts of the Caspian Sea; and Volga at Astrakhan. Absent from the Sea of Azov.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Grenouillet, G. & Schmidt-Kloiber., A.; 2006; Fish Indicator Database. Euro-limpacs project, Workpackage 7 - Indicators of ecosystem health, Task 4,, version 5.0 (accessed on July 3, 2012).
2Food Habits of Four Bottom-Dwelling Gobiid Species at the Confluence of the Danube and Hron Rivers (South Slovakia), Zdeněk Adámek, Jaroslav Andreji, José Martín Gallardo, International Review of Hydrobiology, Volume 92, Issue 4-5, pages 554–563, August 2007
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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