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Gobio gobio

Gobio gobio, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Ostariophysi
Ordo: Cypriniformes
Subordo: Cyprinoidea
Familia: Cyprinidae
Subfamilia: Gobioninae
Genus: Gobio
Species: Gobio gobio

Gobio gobio, or the gudgeon, is a species of freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family. This small fish is widely distributed across northern Eurasia.

The gudgeon inhabits all kinds of lake and river habitats with sand bottom. It is a gregarious species, and feeds on benthic invertebrates. Life span is up to five years. Gudgeons are usually smaller than 12 cm, rarely over 15 cm long.

It spawns over the spring-summer season, when water temperature is above 13 C. Spawning takes place in shallow waters, on sand or on stones or vegetation, the eggs stick to the substrate.

The common name gudgeon may also refer to other species of fish.


Freyhof, J. 2010. Gobio gobio. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 July 2011.
Gobio gobio (Linnaeus, 1758) Gudgeon FishBase Downloaded on 22 July 2011.

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