First record of the snake blenny, Ophidion rochei Müller, 1845 (Actinopterygii: Ophidiiformes: Ophidiidae), from the Sea of Azov

First record of the snake blenny, Ophidion rochei Müller, 1845 (Actinopterygii: Ophidiiformes: Ophidiidae), from the Sea of Azov

Oleg A. Diripasko, Viktoriia D. Hetmanenko, Vladislav I. Kyrychenko

ORCID IDs: O.A.D. 0000-0001-9267-5504; V.D.H. 0000-0002-2167-7331; V.I.K. 0000-0002-7535-0078

Institute of Fisheries and Marine Ecology, Berdyansk, UKRAINE


The first record of an Atlantic origin species, the Roche’s snake blenny Ophidion rochei Müller, 1845, in the Black Sea is provided from the south-east Sea of Azov. Its appearance in the Sea of Azov can be explained by the increase in water salinity of the sea in recent years.

Keywords: Black Sea, Kerch Strait, first record, distribution, marine fish

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