Pseudophoxinus anatolicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudophoxinus anatolicus
Species Authority: (Hankó, 1925)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii,iv,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor/s: Crivelli, A.J. & Erk’akan, F.
Reviewer/s: Karatash, A. & Erk’akan, F. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
The fish population of lakes in Central Anatolia do not have natural fish predators. Consequently, when an alien fish predator species is introduced, native fish species small enough to be a prey disappear quickly. It is notable that the species has disappeared from Lake Beysehir. However, it still occurs in the Akgol basin (including Eregli marsh) and has recently been discovered occurring Saz Lake (F. Erk'akan, pers. comm.). The population is believed to be declining as a result of pollution, water extraction, and fishing pressure. Currently known from less than five locations with area of occupancy less than 500 km². Assessed as Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was restricted to the Lakes Beysehir and Akgöl basins in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Now extinct in Lake Beysehir. However, it has recently been discovered as occurring in Eregli marshes and in Saz Lake and associated tributaries (F. Erk'akan, pers. comm.).
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Population [top]

Population: Decreasing.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a pelagic lacustrine species. Grows to 220 mm.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution, fishing pressure, drought, restricted water levels (Ergili marsh), and restricted range are the main threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known to be in place.
Citation: Crivelli, A.J. & Erk’akan, F. 2006. Pseudophoxinus anatolicus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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