Romanogobio pentatrichus Naseka & Bogutskaya, 1998
Kuban long-barbelled gudgeon
photo by Naseka, A.M. / Bogutskaya, N.G.

Family:  Gobionidae (Gudgeons)
Max. size:  13 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Europe: Middle stretches of River Kuban in Russia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5; Vertebrae: 41-43. Head conical, wide, slightly flattened. Barbel long, reaching beyond posterior edge of eye, caudal peduncle low, epithelial crests on dorsal scales absent; supraorbital seismosensory canal not connected with infraorbital one (Ref. 28796); and anal fin with 5½ branched rays (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits high-gradient stretches of large rivers with fast (not turbulent) current and gravel or sand bottom. Nocturnal, found near shores at night on mud or sand bottom. Appears to spawn early and have a short spawning period. Only large juveniles were encountered in July (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 01.04.99
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 17.04.10
Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 14.01.03

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