The family is native to Eurasia and Morocco. There is only one species established in NY and in other parts of the US. It has been introduced since the 1930s and was known earliest in California and Michigan. They are a benthic species and some are popular aquarium fishes.
Oriental Weatherfish is an exotic species that was first caught in New York's waters in 2000. It is a popular aquarium fish and may have been released by aquarists. It lives in low-gradient streams and ponds with silty bottoms and can tolerate degraded habitats with low oxygen. It has been found in the three watersheds along the southern tier and on Long Island.