Carasobarbus canis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Carasobarbus canis
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1842)
Common Name(s):
English Jordan Himri
Barbus canis Valenciennes, 1842

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-02-20
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J.
Reviewer(s): Hamidan, N.A.M., Goren, M. & Smith, K.
While this species suffers from many threats across its range and it is slowly declining, it still occurs in more then 10 independent populations (treated as separate locations), many of which are small and vulnerable. It is not expected to be declining fast enough to qualify for a threatened category, but it is suspected to have declined by nearly 30% over the past 10 years and therefore is close to meeting Vulnerable under criterion A2. It is therefore assessed as Near Threatened.
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in the Jordan drainage.
Israel; Jordan; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Syrian Arab Republic
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Population [top]

Population: While still widespread, it is expected to be slowly declining due to many threats in the area.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits a wide range of streams, rivers and lakes including reservoirs.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Locally taken as a commercial species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is relatively ubiquitous and resistant against many threats. But water resources are so limited and shrinking in the area, that the species suffers from massive water abstraction, pollution and the withdraw of waters by reservoirs, which leave seasonally no water below the dams. Furthermore, climate change leads to reduction in rainfall in the area and growing human populations and economic development lead to increasing water demands. At the same time, water is abstracted more and more efficient.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There seem to be no effective conservation activities in place except fishing regulations for lacustrine population of Lake Tiberias.

Citation: Freyhof, J. 2014. Carasobarbus canis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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