Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
English Bighead goby Status LU: established. 1st record: ~2010
Lëtzebuergesch Kessler-Grondel Status Eur.: established.
Français Gobie de Kessler RA: ISEIA: A2, Black List. Harmonia+: n/a.
Deutsch Kessler-Grundel Wikipedia: Wikipedia - English - Bighead goby Wikipedia - Deutsch - Kessler-Grundel Wikipedia - Nederlands - Kesslers grondel | 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.

Brief description

NeogobiusKessleriSide 7-9-2009 10-13-45 AM 2Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861) is a fish that occurs in fresh and brackish water, in lower rivers and lagoons, on rocky bottoms or in reed thickets. It is native to the Black Sea.

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Records of Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861) in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2024-06-25.

Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861) is known to colonise the Luxembourg part of the Moselle river since about 2010. Together with Neogobius melanostomus, the species was sampled regulary in the lower Sauer in recent years; in 2017 it was sampled in the Our (Dohet 2017).

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

The distribution map is incomplete because records still have to be entered into the Recorder-Lux database (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2019).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol

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

Harmonia+ protocol

Not assessed yet.

Natural range and places of introduction in Europe

Bighead goby map.png

2014 by Yuriy Kvach. CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons contributors 2020)

Worldwide distribution


    • Dohet, A., 2017. Personal communication. LIST.
    • GBIF, 2019. Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset [accessed 2020-04-22]
    • MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2019. Neogobius kessleri (Günther, 1861) in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [Accessed 2019-10-24]
    • 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]
    • Wikimedia Commons contributors, 2020. ‘File:Bighead goby map.png’, Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, 12 April 2020, 19:21 UTC, <> [accessed 2020-04-22]

 Page content last updated on 2020-04-22. Last proofread by Caroline Grounds on 2019-11-27.