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Ponticola bathybius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobiidae
Subfamily: Benthophilinae
Genus: Ponticola
Iljin, 1927
Type species
Gobius ratan
Nordmann, 1840

Ponticola is a genus of gobies native mostly to fresh waters of the Black Sea - Caspian Sea region in Eurasia. Some species occur in the brackish-water Black and Caspian seas themselves.[1][2] It is part of the broader goby subfamily Benthophilinae, also endemic to the same region. Originally, Ponticola was described as subgenus of Neogobius.


There are currently 16 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Ponticola in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  2. ^ Neilson, M.E. & Stepien C.A. (2009). "Escape from the Ponto-Caspian: evolution and biogeography of an endemic goby species flock (Benthophilinae: Gobiidae: Teleostei)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,. 52 (1): 84–102. 
  3. ^ Vasil’eva, E.D., Schwarzhans, W.W., Medvedev, D.A. & Vasil’ev, V.P. (2016): Cryptic Species of Ponto-Caspian Bighead Goby of the Genus Ponticola (Gobiidae). Journal of Ichthyology, 56 (1): 1-18.
  4. ^ Vasil’eva, E.D., Mousavi-Sabet, H. & Vasil’ev, V.P. (2015). "Ponticola iranicus sp. nov. (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Gobiidae) from the Caspian Sea basin" (PDF). Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria,. 45 (2): 189–197.