Freshwater Tubenose Goby
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Name and Code
Family
Gobiidae - gobies
Species
Proterorhinus semilunaris
Taxonomic Authority
(Heckel, 1837)
Common Name(s)
Freshwater Tubenose Goby
French Name
gobie à nez tubulaire
OMNR Code
367
Family TSN
171746
Parent TSN
172079
Species TSN
172080
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
GNR (2013-01-18)
National Rank (NRank)
NNA (2012-03-26)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
SNA (1998-11-18)
COSEWIC Status
none
SARO Status
none
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
introduced
General Abundance
rare
Tolerance
intermediate
Economic Importance
invasive species
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthic
Trophic Class
invertivore
Thermal Regime
coolwater
Habitat Preference
lower to middle reaches of rivers and nearshore of lakes (to 5 m) with rocky substrates or sand with vegetative cover
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Guarders: Nest spawners: Speleophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Spawning Season
spring-summer
Spawning Month(s)
April-August
Spawning Temperature (°C)
no data
Fecundity
no data
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
4.5-7.7 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.001-0.006
Age at Maturity (yrs)
1-2
Maximum Length (cm)
9.0 SL
Maximum Weight (kg)
no data
Lifespan (yrs)
3-4
Ontario Range Map
Freshwater Tubenose Goby range
Ontario Distribution
St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Thames River, Detroit River, western Lake Erie; introduced with ballast water and first reported from the St. Clair River in 1990
Photograph
Freshwater Tubenose Goby photograph
Notes
native to tributaries of the Black Sea; tolerant of low dissolved oxygen; use as live bait prohibited
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
8.5 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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