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leobergius, Benthophilus stellatus Berg [L. S.] 1949:1116, Figs. 858-859 [Freshwater fishes of the U.S.S.R. and adjacent countries No. 30; ref. 20662] Astrabadskiy Bay, Caspian Sea, Iran. Lectotype: ZISP 23128. Syntypes: ZISP 10891 (1). Appeared first as name only in Iljin 1949:28 [ref. 18323] -- not available, no distinguishing features provided. The original spelling was leobergius, and that spelling probalbly should be maintained [Art. 31]. Lectotype selected by Boldyrev & Bogutskaya 2007:62 [ref. 29150] but they selected a 48-mm male on p. 60 and an 85-mm male on p. 63 and Fig. 28a -- I [WNE] regard the 83-mm male as lectotype. •Synonym of Benthophilus stellatus (Sauvage 1874), but a valid subspecies as described -- (Coad 1995:30 [ref. 23608], Reshetnikov et al. 1997:753 [ref. 24702], Vasil'eva 1998:131 [ref. 23591]). •Mention, with name emended to leobergi and dated to Ragimov [Rahimov] 1978:707 [ref. 8998] -- (Kottelat 1997:176 [ref. 22952]). •Synonym of Benthophilus stellatus (Sauvage 1874) -- (Bogutskaya et al. 2001:47 [ref. 26178] as leobergi). •Valid as Benthophilus leobergi Berg 1949 -- (Pinchuk et al. in Miller 2004:206 [ref. 27853]). •Valid as Benthophilus leobergius Berg 1949 -- (Bogutskaya & Naseka 2004:217 [ref. 28183], Boldyrev & Bogutskaya 2004:132 [ref. 28099], Boldyrev & Bogutskaya 2007:60 [ref. 29150], Kottelat & Freyhof 2007:559 [ref. 29996], Neilson & Stepien 2009:96 [ref. 30497], Esmaeili et al. 2010:376 [ref. 33391], Parin et al. 2015:479 [ref. 33547] with question, Jouladeh-Roudbar et al. 2015:897 [ref. 34062], Esmaeili et al. 2017:80 [ref. 35254], Esmaeili et al. 2018:61 [ref. 36089]). Current status: Valid as Benthophilus leobergius Berg 1949. Gobiidae: Gobiinae. Distribution: Caspian Sea basin and Volga River Delta, Eurasia. Habitat: freshwater, brackish.