Scientific name:Gobio gobio ((Linnaeus, 1758))
Irish name: Brannóg
Native species: No; introduced sometime after the 12th Century; no historical documentary data5;
Irish record angling fish: Not recorded
Large scales, a single pair of barbels; tail-fin forked; eye fairly large; yellowish-olive, with blackish patches; fins with rows of dark spots; grows to about 110g; can reach up to 20cm 4.
Environment and Habitat
Occur on the bottom or midwater of a water body; migrate within freshwater only1; widespread across a variety of habitats, from lakes to slow-flowing lowland rivers to fast-flowing reaches of upland streams and occasionally in lakes; in summer it tends to be in shallow water, in winter it moves to deeper areas2;
Distributed across the continent of Europe.
Economic value in Ireland
No commercial value.
Red list status
Irish legislation status
Protected by Coarse Fish bye-law No. 806, 2006: maximum 4 fish per angler per day; no killing of coarse fish > 25cm.
EU legislation status