Alburnus belvica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alburnus belvica
Species Authority: Karaman, 1924
Chalcalburnus belvica (Karaman, 1924)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer(s): Freyhof. J. & Kottelat, M. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
This species is restricted to two connected lakes where it is at risk from the potential threat of introduced alien species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to Lakes Megali and Mikri Prespa in north-western Greece, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
Albania; Greece; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Abundant, stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in lakes and reproduces in May-June. It is pelagic visiting the littoral zone only for spawning. In Megali Prespa, it can also spawn in the tributaries of the lake. It is short-lived and is heavily predated upon by fish-eating birds nesting there.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution, overfishing, and water extraction resulting in a reduction in water levels due to karstic nature of these lakes. Formerly, it was commercial exploited but the fishery has now ceased. There is also a potential threat of introduced species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Alburnus belvica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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