Salmo platycephalus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Salmo platycephalus
Species Authority: Behnke, 1968
Common Name(s):
English Flathead Trout

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(v)+2ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer(s): Erk’akan, F. & Karatash, A. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
This species is known from only one population in two streams. The population is currently abundant. However, the presence of the introduced Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss is a serious threat. Range is very small (less than 10 km²) and is projected to decline in near future as a result of larval predation from Oncorhynchus mykiss.
1996 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to tributaries (Sogoksu and Karagöz, near the town Pinarbasi) of River Zamanti, and a tributary of the River Seyhan in south-eastern Turkey.
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Population [top]

Population: The population is large, but restricted.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Lives in mountain streams. Not a migratory species.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Illegal fishing using nets and the introduction of other trout species (Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, which is a predatory threat to larvae and a direct competitor) are the main threats. Pollution is not a threat in this case (mountainous area).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known to be in place.

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Salmo platycephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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