Figure 6: Isotopic niche breadth (a) and plasticity (b) in Round Goby and Tubenose Goby … Bass are eating round gobies, a little baitfish native to the Caspian and Black Seas. Exotic species, such as the round goby, have destroyed and disrupted aquatic communities across the nation. The entry of another foreign invader to the already abused Great Lakes environment is an unwelcome addition to the plethora of other problems, including habitat destruction, overfishing, pollution, and loss of native species. The goby is known to harass and kill many fish of its kind and eat the eggs of many different species of fish. Threat to Minnesota Waters. (2014) concluded that the broad and plastic dietary niche of round goby characterize why this AIS is so widely established where others, such as the tubenose goby, are not. Researchers say the bass in northern Lake Michigan are some of the fattest in the country. Invasive marine species are a significant problem in North America's Great Lakes and many other major bodies of water around the globe; goby fish are just adding to that problem. The round goby — a small, extremely prolific, invasive fish from Europe — poses a threat to endangered freshwater mussels in northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek, one of the last strongholds for two species of mussels, according to researchers. Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) is a prohibited invasive species, which means it is unlawful (a misdemeanor) to possess, import, purchase, transport, or introduce this species except under a permit for disposal, control, research, or education. The round goby (Apollonia melanostomus) poses a serious threat to North American aquatic ecosystems, with potential impacts on sport and commercial fishing. It’s no mystery why. Home / Aquatic Invasives / Fish and Other Aquatic Vertebrates / Round Goby. Ecology: The Round Goby perches on rocks and other substrates in shallow areas, yet it has also been reported to flourish in a variety of habitat types including open sandy areas and in abundant aquatic macrophytes (Jude and DeBoe 1996; Clapp et al. In a past blog post , we explored the liabilities of foreign species entering new water environments and how they disrupt existing, long established ecosystems. Round Goby. What you need to know about the round goby. Gobies first showed up here about 20 years ago, and now they’re everywhere. COVID-19: Get the latest updates , take a self-assessment or learn about the COVID Alert exposure-notification app . 2001). Since its discovery in the St. Clair River in 1990, this bottom-dwelling fish has rapidly spread to many areas of the Great Lakes. Scientific Name: Neogobius melanostomus (Pallas 1814) (ITIS) Common Name: Round goby. Round goby, adult - Photo by Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences Archives, University of Michigan. Another problem with the round goby is that it appears to be very similar to many native fish, which makes it hard to identify. This goby also has a well developed sensory system that enhances its ability to detect water movement. View all resources. It has been destructive because of it is more aggressive than native fish and competes for the same food source. The round goby was first found in Lake Ontario in 1998. Erin McCallum, a PhD student in Dr. Sigal Balshine’s lab at McMaster University, and her colleagues set out to learn more about a very successful invasive species; Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus).Round Goby became invasive in the Laurentian Great Lakes after being transported through ship ballast water in the 1990s. Two scientists from the University of Michigan, Stephen Hensler, a doctoral student, and David Jude, a Research Scientist and the first person to find gobies in the Great Lakes, suggest a different solution to the problem. While this species is relatively new to the ecosystem of the Great Lakes, it has had an impact. Dave Clapp manages the state’s research station in Charlevoix. Includes habitat, identifying features and what you can do to reduce its impact. Pettitt-Wade et al.