Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Cobitis: Greek, kobitis, -idos = a kind of sardine; also related with the voice Greek, kobios, Latin gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); amphilekta: From the Greek word amphilekta (doubtful, confused), referring to the history of the recognition of this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate
Asia: Caspian Sea basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93149); 7.5 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5 - 6. Males possess only one Canestrini’s organ in the pectoral fin, and the plate of this organ is wide and short, usually not reaching the end of the third segment of the ray attached to it. Third Gambetta’s zone of pigmentation (stripe of small spots above large mediolateral spots) is usually poorly pronounced: not reaching the beginning of anal fin, often not reaching the end of pectoral fin. Oval shape scales, with relatively large central part lacking radial grooves and slightly displaced towards the anterior margin of the scale. Usually well developed cutaneous crests along dorsal and ventral margins of caudal peduncle. Short barbels, mandibular barbels usually not reaching the anterior margin of the eye in females and reaching slightly beyond anterior margin of eye in males. Body at the base of caudal fin with one very small narrow dark spot in the upper part (Ref. 93149).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Vasil’eva, E.D. and V.P. Vasil’ev, 2012. Cobitis amphilekta sp. nova, a new species of spined loaches (Cobitidae, Cypriniformes) from the Caspian Sea Basin. J. Ichthyol. 52(3):200-206. (Ref. 93149)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00255 - 0.01239), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .