Luciobarbus graecus (Steindachner, 1895)
Luciobarbus graecus
photo by Kommatas & Sanda

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Barbinae
Max. size:  50 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Europe: Greece in Kifissos and Sperchios drainages, including Lakes Yliki and Paralimni (Ref. 59043). Reported from Albania (Ref. 12255).
Diagnosis:  Diagnosed from other species of Barbus and Luciobarbus in Balkan Peninsula by having the following characters: 39-44 + 2 scales on lateral line; 18-20 scale rows around caudal peduncle; snout with large tubercles in large individuals; last simple dorsal ray slender, serrated posteriorly along half to entire length; posterior margin of dorsal fin straight; and lower lip thin, without median lobe (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits lakes and streams with stone and gravel bottom (Ref. 59043). Occurs in water bodies in low-lying plains with little current. Feeds on invertebrates and algae. Threatened by water abstraction and pollution (Ref. 26100). Size reaches up to at least 50 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 (B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv)) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.01.97
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 29.04.10

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