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Round Goby

Round GobyScientific name: Neogobius melanostomus (Pallas 1814) (ITIS)

Common name: Round goby

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Native To: Eurasia (NAS Database)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1990 (NAS Database)

Means of Introduction: Ballast water (NAS Database)

Impact: Competes with and preys on native species (NAS Database)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:


Round Goby
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


New York Invasive Species Information - Round Goby
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Round Goby
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel

Invasive Species Compendium - Neogobius melanostomus
CAB International.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE): Species Factsheet - Neogobius melanostomus
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

NOBANIS: Invasive Alien Species Fact Sheet - Neogobius melanostomus (2012; PDF | 409 KB)
European Network on Invasive Alien Species.

Round Goby
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (Canada).

Global Invasive Species Database - Neogobius melanostomus (fish)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database - Neogobius melanostomus
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).


Aquatic Invasive Species: Round Goby (PDF | 126 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Round Goby Fact Sheet (PDF | 56 KB)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Round Goby (PDF | 92 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Animal Diversity Web - Neogobius melanostomus
University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.

Round Goby
Michigan Sea Grant.

Round Goby
Minnesota Sea Grant.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Round Goby
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Fact Sheet: Round Goby (PDF | 231 KB)
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

Round Goby
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.



Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Neogobius melanostomus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Neogobius melanostomus. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].

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