Zosterisessor ophiocephalus (Pallas, 1814)
Grass goby
Zosterisessor ophiocephalus
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  29.9 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 5 years
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range - 30 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Sea of Azov.
Biology:  Benthic, inshore, brackish water, estuaries and lagoons, on mud and eel-grass meadows. Commercial in the Black Sea and in Sivash (Ref. 2058). Occasionally recorded in freshwater, but there are no documented records of actual occurrence in European freshwaters (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 March 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 04.05.95
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 15.05.17

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