- Perca volgensis Gmelin, 1789
- Lucioperca volgensis (Gmelin 1789)
- Stizostedion volgensis (Gmelin, 1789)
Volga Pikeperch, Volga Zander
IUCN: LC; RDBUkr: Зникаючі; RDBUkrCarp: NT
Value of species
Northern Black Sea basin, from Danube (up to Vienna) to Kuban drainages (where it is introduced); Caspian basin (Volga and Ural drainages). Also locally introduced in Anatolia.
Large, turbid rivers and lakes; in brackish coastal lakes and estuaries.
Lives up to 12 years. Spawns for the first time at 3-4 years and 200-300 mm SL, females usually a year later than males. Spawns for about one month in April-May, at 10-22°C. Individual females may spawn 2-3 portions of eggs. May undertake short spawning migrations. Males are territorial and excavate shallow depressions in sand or gravel, or exposed plant roots on which eggs are deposited, usually along shallow shores at 1-2 m depth. Nests often close to nests of S. lucioperca. Most active at dusk and dawn, foraging on small fish and invertebrates. Larvae and juveniles pelagic, feeding on zooplankton.