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Cobitis taurica 

Scope: Global & Europe
Language: English
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cobitidae

Scientific Name: Cobitis taurica Vasil'eva, Vasil'ev, Janko, Ráb & Rábová, 2005
Taxonomic Notes: This species is mainly distinguished by chromosome characters and difficult to distinguish from C. taenia in the field. Characters given in the key may be of limited use.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M.
Reviewer(s): Bogutskaya, N., & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
Justification:
It is found in a very limited stretch of stream (about 1 km long) in the Chornaya drainage below the Chornaya Gorge, which, if water abstraction continues to intensify, may totally dry up in the summer time. The species is also susceptible to climate change as the severity of droughts is predicted to increase.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Ukraine: Crimea: Chornaya drainage, below Chornaya gorge only.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Ukraine
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Population [top]

Population:No information.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Habitat:
Streams with still to moderately flowing clear water, on sand to silt bottom or in dense vegetation.

Biology:
No data.
Systems:Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): High levels of water abstraction, leaving very low levels of water in spring and summer. The abstraction rate is likely to increase so the river below Chornaya Gorge may end up dry. Currently the river only runs for about 1km below Chornaya Gorge in spring. Climate change also poses a threat to the species as the severity of droughts are predicted to increase.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information.

Citation: Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M. 2008. Cobitis taurica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135581A4152281. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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