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Luciobarbus comizo

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES CYPRINIDAE

Scientific Name: Luciobarbus comizo
Species Authority: (Steindachner, 1864)
Common Name/s:
English Iberian Barbel
Synonym/s:
Barbus comizo Steindachner, 1864

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor/s: Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer/s: Carmona, J. & Darwall, W. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
Justification:
It is estimated that B. comizo has undergone a population decline of at least 30% in the past 10 years due to water extraction, pollution and introduced taxa (Crivelli, A. pers comm.) this has led to a continuous decline in numbers and in area of occupancy.
History:
1996 Vulnerable (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Vulnerable (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the Tagus and Guadiana river basins in Spain and Portugal.
Countries:
Native:
Portugal; Spain
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Population [top]

Population: Not very abundant.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It prefers the middle and lower reaches of rivers, in deep and slow waters with abundant submerged vegetation. It occurs also in reservoirs. It is a large size barbel (>500mm).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution and extraction, habitat destruction and introduction of exotic fish predators.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Listed in Annexes II and V of the European Union Habitats Directive, and in the Appendix III of Bern Convention.
Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Luciobarbus comizo. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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