Oxynoemacheilus elsae Eagderi, Jalili & Çiçek, 2018
photo by Kaya, C.

Family:  Nemacheilidae (Brook loaches)
Max. size:  5.33 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Iran.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: flank with elliptical pale brown blotches on the lateral line thata are sometimes fused to posterior saddles or plain brawn with mottled pattern; with longer dorsal and anal-fin bases; wider caudal peduncle; a complete lateral line; pores 3 central and 4 lateral in the supra-temporal canal; lower lip thick with a deep median interruption (Ref. 119504).
Biology:  This species is usually found in fast flowing parts of rivers with cobble substance. It is associated with the following species: Alburnus atropatenae, Barbus cyri, Carassius gibelio, Capoeta capoeta, Hemiculter leucisculus, Pseudorasbora parva, Rhinogobius similis, Rhodeus amarus, Romanogobio macropterus and Squalius turcicus (Ref. 119504).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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