Barbus sperchiensis Stephanidis, 1950

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Barbinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Europe: Greece in Sperchios, Pinios and Cholorema drainages, streams in northern extremity of Evia (Eubea) Island.
Diagnosis:  Diagnosed from other species of Barbus and Luciobarbus in Balkan Peninsula by having the following characters: last simple dorsal ray spinous, serrated posteriorly along at least lower half in adults; 54-60 + 3-4 scales on lateral line; 12-16 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin origin; 9-11 scale rows between lateral line and pelvic fin origin; anterior scales of flank not embedded in skin; head, body and fins with conspicuous black dots, smaller than pupil, more or less organized into marbled patches; caudal fin with a few small dots and sometimes a narrow dark margin; and lower lip with a median lobe (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits streams and rivers, preferring stretches with clear water and riffles. Size reaches up to about 20 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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