Rodolphe Gozlan has received funding L'Agence Nationale de Recherche et de l'Onema but it was not directly linked to this research. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. One little-known legacy of communist countries during the Cold War is invasive species. The accidental introduction in of the topmouth gudgeon from China into countries bordering the Black Sea, including Ukraine, Moldova and Romania, is a striking example. Small in size but large in terms of the ecological and economic disaster that it causes, the topmouth gudgeon has invaded numerous waterways throughout the world. It carries a parasite with features from both an animal and a fungus which has probably been present in China for millions of years but is deadly for most other fish species.
Deadly Topmouth Gudgeon removed from Millennium Coastal Park lakes
BALLAST BLOG - Invader of the Week - Asian Topmouth Gudgeon - Malin Group
Return to main search page. Click Pseudorasbora parva, Topmouth Gudgeon for more images. Download factsheet. Elongate, slightly flattened sides, resembling Gobio. To mm.
EA progress in eradicating the deadly topmouth gudgeon
Sphaerothecum destruens has emerged as a serious parasite of fish. Its life cycle, as well as its association with Asian cyprinids, allows it to infect a wide range of hosts. The topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva , an invasive species that has rapidly colonized Europe, has been shown to be a healthy carrier of the parasite.
S wathed in forensic tape and policed by stern men in decontamination suits, the ponds in my local park looked like a crime scene. A government statement reported the operation triumphally. So this Asian interloper, which could pass itself off as a sardine in a piscine identity parade, is on its way to joining the fathead minnow and the black bullhead catfish as unwanted immigrants that have been successfully eliminated since