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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:

Council or Task Force

Species of Concern Fact Sheet: Round Goby
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


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

NEANS Panel Online Guide - Round Goby
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

TISI Inventory - Round Goby
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

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.
See also: NOBANIS Fact Sheets for invasive alien species of the European region, covering both animals and plants, as well as microorganisms

Invaders Factsheet: Round Goby
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).

Global Invasive Species Database - Neogobius melanostomus (fish)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: Fact Sheet - Round Goby
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State Government

Aquatic Invasive Species: Round Goby (Apr 2005; PDF | 126 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage

Round Goby Fact Sheet (PDF | 56 KB)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Fighting Invasive Species: Invasive Fish for more fact sheets


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

Round Goby
Michigan Sea Grant.

Round Goby
University of Minnesota. Minnesota Sea Grant.

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

Factsheet: Round Goby
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information

Invasive Species Fact Sheets - Round Goby
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.


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

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Round Goby. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Sep 16, 2014].

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