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BiologyInhabits fresh and slightly brackish waters, preferring lower reaches of rivers, deltas, lakes and freshwater limans. In rivers, this is commonly abundant in main river bed. Occurs usually on silty sand with mollusk shells (Ref. 58669). Longevity is about a year. Spawns in May-August with females probably laying eggs in 2-3 portions inside or under mollusc shell and adults die soon after spawning. Feeds mainly on chironomid larvae, amphipods and molluscs (Ref.59043). Invasive in the large tributaries of the Caspian and Black Sea (Ref. 92840).