Alburnoides velioglui Turan, Kaya, Ekmekçi & Doğan, 2014
Velioglu's chub
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Alburninae
Max. size:  8.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Asia: northern Euphrates drainage (Sırlı and Toprakkale streams [drainages of Karasu] and Karasu Stream]) in Turkey.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 41-42. This species can be diagnosed from its congeners in Turkey and adjacent waters by the following combination of characters (none unique to the species): a poorly developed and completely scaled ventral keel between pelvic and anal fins; body depth at dorsal-fin origin 24-29% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 10-12% SL and 1.9-2.2 times in its length; predorsal length 48-55% SL; mouth terminal, the tip of the mouth cleft between level of lower margin of pupil and lower margin of eye; the tip of upper lip not projecting beyond the lower lip (tip of both lips are equal) in most specimens; snout with rounded tip; 45-53 + 1-2 scales on lateral line, 9-11 scale rows between lateral-line and dorsal-fin origin, 4-5 scale rows between lateral-line and anal-fin origin; anal fin with 11½-13½ branched rays; pharyngeal teeth 5.1-2.4 or 5.2-2.4, markedly hooked; total vertebrae 41-42 with mode of 42 (including 4 Weberian vertebrae and last complex centrum), comprising 20-22 with mode of 21 abdominal, and 20-21 with mode of 21 caudal vertebrae; dark grey stripe distinct on anterior and posterior parts of body; pigmentation of lateral line distinct (Ref. 94737).
Biology:  Found in swift and clear flowing water with cobble and pebbles. Collected together with Capoeta umbla (Heckel, 1843); Barbus lacerta Heckel, 1843; Alburnus mossulensis Heckel, 1843, Oxynoemacheilus sp., and Salmo sp. (Ref. 94737).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.02.14

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