Pungitius platygaster

Author: (Kessler, 1859)

Pungitius platygaster (Kessler, 1859)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Pungitius platygaster (Kessler, 1859) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: 9 or 10 free spines in front of the dorsal fin. No lateral keel on the caudal peduncle. Pelvic fin spine markedly serrated. Size: rarely exceeding 7 cm SL.

Habitat: fresh and brackish waters. Behaviour presumably similar to Gasterosteus aculeatus. Food: small invertebrates. Reproduction: male makes a nest in early spring.

Distribution: Iower Danube and rivers surrounding the Black, Caspian and Aral Seas.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.