Barbus plebejus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Barbus plebejus
Species Authority: Bonaparte, 1839
Common Name(s):
English Italian Barbel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2010-03-05
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J.
Reviewer(s): Kottelat, M. & Smith, K.
Contributor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
An abundant and widespread species with no overall decline although there is local decline in some places.

European Union 27 = LC. Same rational as above.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)
1996 Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to the Po river basin (including the southern part of Switzerland), all river basins in northern Italy, the Soca-Isonzo river basin (Slovenia-Italy), Reba basin, the Dragonia River, and in Croatian rivers as far as Krka river. It also occurs in lakes. It has been introduced in many rivers of central Italy for angling.
Countries occurrence:
Croatia; Italy; Slovenia; Switzerland; Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: In the middle and lower main course of the Po basin the species is suspected to have disappeared due to introduced species Barbus barbus and Silurus glanis (Bianco, G. pers. obs).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is large size barbel (<550 mm) preferring gravel or sandy substrate and rivers with moderately deep, well oxygenated flowing water on foothill regions. Reproduction takes place from late April to early July.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species has been introduced into lakes for angling.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Dams, organic pollution, drought, introduced species and habitat loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed in Annexes II and V of the European Union Habitats Directive and in Appendix III of the Bern Convention.

Citation: Freyhof, J. 2006. Barbus plebejus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T2568A9456061. . Downloaded on 25 May 2016.
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