Benthophiloides brauneri (Beling and Iljin, 1927)
Common names: None.
Order (Scientific): PERCIFORMES.
Family (Scientific): GOBIIDAE.
Taxonomic descriptions: D VI, I 11-13; A I 9-11; P 18-20; Vertebrae: 27-29 (Gheorgiev, 1966). Head is wide, dorso-ventrally depressed. Body depth 0.60-0.66 than width. Upper lip uniformly wide. Eyes 0.20-0.24 head length. Colour: with broad dark band across behind pectoral fin and below first dorsal. Size: to 7.2cm.
Black Sea Regional level:
Subregion level: VU (Bulgarian Coast)
Distribution: Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Caspian Sea estuaries and rivers (Miller, 1986). In Bulgaria: only in Lake Shabla.
Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: Fresh and brackish waters, change of the hydrological regime in Lake Shabla.
Biology: Reproduction: July-August. Food: chironomid larvae, small crustaceans, gastropods.
Population trends: Declining.
Threats: Changes in the hydrological regime in Lake Shabla.
Conservation measures taken: None.
Conservation measures proposed: Settling in Lakes Durankulak and Ezeretz.
Compiled by: K.Prodanov, Y.Sivkov.