Turcinoemacheilus kosswigi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Balitoridae

Scientific Name: Turcinoemacheilus kosswigi Bănărescu & Nalbant, 1964
Common Name(s):
English Zagroz Dwarf Loach
Turcinemacheilus kosswigi Bănărescu & Nalbant, 1964
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2014. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 10 March 2014. Available at: http://

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2012-08-20
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J.
Reviewer(s): Ekmekçi, F., Esmaeili, H. & Smith, K.
Dam construction is an increasing activity within the species' range. However, this species inhabits such a high number of river and even small stream habitats (especially in Iraq and south-east Turkey) that any decline in the past (or near future) is not likely to be at a rate that would qualify the species for a threatened (or Near Threatened) category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Headwaters of Tigris drainage in Turkey, Iraq and Iran.

Countries occurrence:
Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia)
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Population [top]


This species is widespread and locally abundant within its distribution area. Many populations have been lost due to dam construction during the last decades.

Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits fast flowing sections of rivers and even very small streams, usually in rapids and riffles with coarse gravel or rocks. 

Generation Length (years):1
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant
Congregatory:Congregatory (year-round)

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used by humans directly.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is impacted by pollution and dam constructions.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation activities for this species are known.

Citation: Freyhof, J. 2014. Turcinoemacheilus kosswigi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T22505A19006910. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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