Economidichthys pygmaeus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Economidichthys pygmaeus
Species Authority: (Holly, 1929)
Economidichthys pygmeus (Holly, 1929) [orth. error]
Taxonomic Notes: Was incorrectly included on the 2006 Red List under the misspelt name Economidichthys pygmeus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer(s): Barbieri, R. & Kottelat, M. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
A fairly widespread species with no major widespread threats.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to western Greece, north of Patraikos Gulf, including Lefkas Island (may now have disappeared). Specifically, it is present in the Louros and Arahthos Rivers and in Trichonis Lake, possibly including the Mataranga river although this river dries out in the summer. Also found in the lower drainage of rivers Kalamas river and Acheloo and Pahvotis Lake (introduced), in Blykos spring, and in a small river the Agios Dimitrios. Occurrence further north in Albania needs to be confirmed.
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Population [top]

Population: Common in western Greece. Probably stable.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives exclusively in freshwaters, rivers, springs and lakes. Maximum length is ca. 54 mm for females and 51 mm for males. Minimum size at maturity is 24 mm. Reproduction is in the spring and summer. Phragmites plants are required for reproduction. The males provide parental care.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water extraction and pollution, and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Economidichthys pygmaeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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