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Iberochondrostoma lemmingii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES CYPRINIDAE

Scientific Name: Iberochondrostoma lemmingii
Species Authority: (Steindachner, 1866)
Synonym/s:
Chondrostoma lemmingii (Steindachner, 1866)
Leuciscus lemmingii Steindachner, 1866
Rutilus lemmingii (Steindachner, 1866)
Taxonomic Notes: Assessments of Iberochondrostoma lemmingii published before 2010 included individuals that are now recognised as belonging to a separate species: Achondrostoma salamantinum Doadrio & Elvira, 2007.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2ace+3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-08-22
Assessor/s: Freyhof, J.
Reviewer/s: Kottelat, M. & Smith, K.
Contributor/s: Crivelli, A.J.
Justification:
Iberochondrostoma lemmingii is a rare species and its population is suspected to have decreased by over 30% in the past 10 years. This decline is attributed to water extraction, drought, pollution and the introduction of fish predators. This decline is suspected to continue into the future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is restricted to the Tajo, Guadiana, Odiel and Guadalquivir river basins. Previously the species was recorded has being present in the rivers Huebra, Águeda and Uces in the Duero River basin in Salamanca province, western Spain; these populations have now been described as a seperate species Achondrostoma salmantinum.
Countries:
Native:
Portugal; Spain
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Population [top]

Population: Iberochondrostoma lemmingii is a rare species and its population is suspected to have decreased by over 30% in the past 10 years. This decline is attributed to water extraction, drought, pollution and the introduction of fish predators. It is suspected that this decline rate will continue into the future.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species lives in the middle and lower reaches of rivers with slow current and abundant submerged vegetation.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water extraction, drought and pollution are the main threats. Introduction of exotic fish predators is also a concern for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed in the Annex II of the European Union Habitats Directive and in the Appendix III of the Bern Convention.
Citation: Freyhof, J. 2011. Iberochondrostoma lemmingii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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