Species Information

Round goby with sculpin Round goby with sculpin
J. E. Marsden
Round goby with sculpin
J. E. Marsden
Round goby
Apollonia melanostomus (neogobius melanostomus)

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Similar Species

Native sculpins

  • Young: solid slate gray. Older: blotched with black and brown; greenish dorsal fin with a black spot
  • Very distinctive, raised eyes
  • 4-9 inches long (10-23 cm)
  • Similar to native sculpins but can be distinguished by the fused pelvic fins (sculpins have two separate fins)

  • A bottom dweller found in rivers and near the shore of lakes, preferring rocky habitats with many places to hide

Known Distribution in the Northeast
  • New York, Quebec, and Great Lakes region
  • Native to Eurasia

  • Native fish species have declined in areas where the round goby has become abundant

Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus)
Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Round goby with sculpin

Protecting the marine and freshwater resources of the Northeast from invasive aquatic nuisance species