Benthophilus magistri Iljin, 1927
Azov tadpole goby
No Picture Available

 Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
 Max. size:  8.4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Europe: Sea of Azov.
 Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: head tubercles and granules of almost equal size; tubercle on dorsal midline of head behind eye absent; numerous, densely set granules, covering whole body except abdominal are; tubercles in dorsal row 28-30, ventral row 23-25, upper and lower lateral rows more than 20, size small, especially in caudal area, while for the dorsal row, increasing from head to base of dorsal; branched rays in D2 9-11.5, A 8-10.5; body without dark blotches (Ref. 59043).
 Biology:  Stays in the biocoenosis of the estuarine silts (Ref. 2058). Occurs in fresh and slightly brackish waters with salinity below 11 ppt , usually over mud bottom. It lives about a year. Females probably lay eggs in 2-3 portions within or under a molluscs shell and the adults die soon after spawning. Feeds mainly on molluscs, crustaceans and chironomid larvae. (Ref.59043).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 20.01.97
 Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 18.06.10
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.03.00

Source and more info: For personal, classroom, and other internal use only. Not for publication.

Page created by Jen, 05.08.02, php script by kbanasihan 06/09/2010 ,  last modified by dsantos, 20/08/10