Luciobarbus longiceps


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Luciobarbus longiceps
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1842)
Barbus longiceps Valenciennes, 1842

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2abc ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor/s: Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer/s: Goren, M., Bogutskaya, N., Karatash, A. & Erk’akan, F. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
It is still a common species, however in the 1980s it declined sharply in Lake Kinneret. Information from fishermen in the lake area indicates a decline of more than 30% within the last three generations (12–15 years). Currently assessed as Vulnerable based on population decline in population and reclamation of rivers and rivulets once used as spawning grounds in the recent past.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is restricted to streams and lakes of the Jordan watershed in Israel, Syria and Jordan. A species recorded in the Orontes river basin area (Turkey) may be B. longiceps, but this needs further investigation (N. Bogutskaya, pers. comm.).
Israel; Jordan; Syrian Arab Republic
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Population [top]

Population: Decreasing
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a large size barbel (<700 mm). It feeds on invertebrates and molluscs. It migrates upstream in winter (January–March) to spawn in small streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Reclamation of rivers and rivulets which once flowed into Lake Kinneret and were previously used as spawning grounds. Drought and pollution are also threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known to be in place.
Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Luciobarbus longiceps. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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