Alburnus tarichi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alburnus tarichi
Species Authority: (Güldenstädt, 1814)
Common Name/s:
English Van shah kuli
Chalcalburnus tarichi (Güldenstädt, 1814)
Cyprinus tarichi Güldenstädt, 1814

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor/s: World Conservation Monitoring Centre
1994 Endangered (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the Lake Van basin (the largest soda lake in the world).
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Population [top]

Population: The species is locally abundant but sparsely distributed (Sari 2006).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits brackish water, coastal lagoons and river mouths; it also occurs in freswater rivers (Sari 2006). The species exhibits schooling behaviour according to year classes in the lake (Sari 2006). It is a plankton feeder.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is declining due to illegal fishing during the spawning migration (Sari 2006). There is also habitat degradation and loss due to mining of river sand and pollution from wastewater from domestic and industrial sources.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A sustainable fisheries management plan was prepared in 1996 and appllied in several phases since then (Sari 2006). However, further actions have been proposed by Sari (2006) which include: strict prohibition of illegal fishing practices, creation of alternative employment opportunities for the fishermen, prevent sand removal from riverbeds and initiate measures to protect Lake Van.
Citation: World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Alburnus tarichi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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