Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861)

English Bighead goby ISEIA: A2 – Black List
Lëtzebuergesch Kessler-Grondel EASIN
Français Gobie de Kessler Wikipedia: Wikipedia - English - Bighead goby Wikipedia - Deutsch - Kessler-Grundel Wikipedia - Nederlands - Kesslers grondel
Deutsch Kessler-Grundel Wikispecies: Wikispecies - Ponticola kessleri
Nederlands Kesslers grondel Back to the list of vertebrates

Report the species

Report Neogobius kessleri to the National Museum of Natural History.

Importance and distribution in Luxembourg

The bighead goby is known to colonise the Luxembourg part of the Moselle river since about 2010.

On 27th July 2015, a parliamentary question was raised in the Luxembourg Parliament about the invasion of Neogobius species in the Moselle river. This has been echoed in the daily newspaper Tageblatt on the same day (Wildschutz 2015).

Neogobius kessleri is a fish that occurs in fresh and brackish water, in lower rivers and lagoons, on rocky bottom or in reed thickets. It is native to the Black Sea.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: A2 (3+3+3+2) = Black List (Ries et al. 2014: 199).

Bibliography concerning Luxembourg

    • Ries, C., M. Pfeiffenschneider, Engel, E., J.-C. Heidt & M. Lauff, 2014. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of vertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 115: 195-201. [PDF 247 KB]
    • Wildschutz, N., 2015. Grundel-Plage in der Mosel. Tageblatt online 27.07.2015. URL: [2018.04.13]

Suggested citation of this webpage

Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2019. Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861). In: - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. URL: [21.08.2019].

 Last updated on Friday, April 13, 2018.