Fauna of the Black Sea

The fauna of the Black Sea is represented by 2500 species of animals. Of these, 500 species are unicellular, about 200 species of vertebrates - fish and mammals, 500 species of crustaceans, 200 species of molluscs, the rest are invertebrates of various kinds. There are no starfish, sea urchins, sea lilies, octopus, cuttlefish, squid, corals.

Who lives at the bottom of the Black Sea?

The bottom of the Black Sea is home to mussels, oysters, the scallop Flexopecten glaber ponticus, and the predator clam rapana venosa.

Arthropods of the Black Sea 

Numerous crabs and shrimps live in the crevices of the coastal rocks and between the stones. 

Zooplankton of the Black Sea

Several species of jellyfish are found in the Black Sea. The most common are Rhizostomae and Aurelia aurita. Sea anemones and sponges are also common.

The most common fish in the Black Sea

Among the fish found in the Black Sea: various species of gobies , Azov hamsa, Black Sea hamsa, spiny dogfish, river flounder, scophthalmus maeoticus, mullet of five species, bluefish, merluccius merluccius, black scorpionfish, mullus barbatus, mackerel, common horse mackerel, Caspian-Black Sea herring, Black Sea sprat, garfish, seahorse and others. Sturgeons (beluga, starry sturgeon, Russian and Atlantic sturgeons) and Black Sea salmon are found in the sea.

Dangerous inhabitants of the Black Sea

Dangerous fish in the Black Sea include the Greater Weever (the most dangerous - the barbs on the dorsal fin and gill covers are poisonous), the Black Scorpionfish, one of the stingray species, the Common Stingray, which has poisonous spines on its tail. Another stingray, the thornback ray, is not venomous but is covered with spines and has barbs on its tail. It can inflict a large number of punctures and scratches in defence.

Mammals of the Black Sea

Few species of mammals are found in the Black Sea. The permanent inhabitants of the Black Sea are one species of seal (Mediterranean monk seal) and three species of dolphin (common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise). 

Sharks of the Black Sea 

There are only two species of shark in the Black Sea. The first is the spiny dogfish, which feeds on small fish. The second is the small spotted catshark, which feeds on molluscs and other invertebrates. There are no recorded cases of them attacking humans.



Mackerel, Frigate

Mackerel, Frigate

Latin name Auxis thazard Other names Bullet mackerel, frigate tuna, leadenall, mackerel tuna; Ara..

Meagre

Meagre

Latin nameArgyrosomus regiusOther names–°roaker, shade-fish, sowa, kir, corvina, salmon-bass, stone b..

Mediterranean horse mackerel

Mediterranean horse mackerel

Latin nameTrachurus mediterraneusOther namesBlack Sea horse mackerel, horse mackerel, Mediterranean ..

Merlangius

Merlangius

Latin nameMerlangius merlangusOther namesWhiting, Merling (English), Medzhid (Bulgarian), Wijting (D..

Mullet

Mullet

Latin name Mugil cephalus, Mugil curema Other names Striped mullet, white mullet, flathead g..

Needlefish

Needlefish

Latin name Atlantic Needlefish Other names Strongylura marina Identification The most character..

Needlefish (Belonidae)

Needlefish (Belonidae)

Needlefish (Belonidae) is a family of fishes of the Sarganiformes (Beloniformes). It includes 12 gen..

Red mullet

Red mullet

Latin nameMullus barbatusOther namesMullus barbatusIdentificationThe body is elongated and compresse..

Rutilus heckelii

Rutilus heckelii

Latin nameRutilus heckeliiOther namesRutilus heckeliiIdentificationDistinctive features compared to ..

Sander

Sander

Latin nameSander luciopercaOther namesZander, pikeperchIdentificationThere are 8-12 short, broad, br..

Shi drum

Shi drum

Latin nameUmbrina cirrosaOther namesGurbell, sea crow, bearded umbrine and corb.IdentificationBody e..

Shrimp

Shrimp

Shrimp (Caridea) - suborder Decapoda. The abdomen is muscular, longer than the thorax. Many have cla..

So-iuy mullet

So-iuy mullet

Latin namePlaniliza haematocheilusOther namesHaarder, redlip mullet so-iny mullet.IdentificationThe ..

Sprattus

Sprattus

Sprattus is a genus of marine pelagic fish in the family Clupeidae. The abdomen is compressed at the..

Starry sturgeon

Starry sturgeon

Starry sturgeon (Acipenser stellatus) is a passage fish of the sturgeon family. Body length up to 2...

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