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Pungitius platygaster (Kessler, 1859)

Synonym
  • Gasterosteus platygaster Kessler, 1859
Vernacular Name
Ukrainian Stickleback, Aral Stickleback, Southern Nine-spined Stickleback
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P. aralensis, from the Aral Sea basin, earlier considered as a subspecies of P. platygaster, is a distinct species. Lower course of rivers draining to northern shore of Black, Caspian and Aral Sea basins, Danube drainage as far upstream as Belgrade; isolated populations in Axios and Aliakmon drainages (Greece). Also in Lower and middle reaches of Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya, Sary-su River, Lower Chu River; headwaters of Ob' river (Nura River, Kurgal'dzhin Lake). In 1980s invaded Ishim River (tributary of Irtysh) and spread downstream to Ust'-Ishim and Tyumen' Province in Russia. Habitat. Swamps and slow-flowing streams with dense vegetation; occasionally enters brackish water. Biology. Spawns for the first time at one year. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Spawns in spring when temperature reaches 17°C. Territorial during spawning season. Males build a nest made of filamentous algae and submerged plants, with a separate entrance and exit. Males guard nest until the young swim away a few weeks later. Females lay about 90 eggs.
Book reference
  • Котенко Т.И., Ардамацкая Т.Б., Дубина Д.В. и др. Биоразнообразие Джарылгача: современное состояние и пути сохранения // Вісник зоології. – 2000. – Спец. випуск. – 240 с.
  • Погребняк О.І., Курячий К.В., Сидоренко О.А. Іхтіофауна перспективної для заповідання ділянки русла річки Сухий Торець // Моніторинг та охорона біорізноманіття в Україні / Серія: «Conservation Biology in Ukraine». – 2020. – Вип.16, Т.3. – С.412-416.
  • Ткаченко П.В. Рыбы Тендровского, Ягорлыцкого заливов и прилегающией акватории Черного моря // Природничий альманах. Серія. Біологічні науки. - 2012. - Вип.18. - С.181-193.
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Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Animalia
Eumetazoa
Chordata
Gnathostomata
Actinopterygii
Gadiformes
Lotidae