Valencia hispanica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Valencia hispanica
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1846)
Common Name(s):
English Valencia Toothcarp

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2ace ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer(s): Carmona, J. & Elvira, B. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
This species has undergone a population decline of more than 80% in the past 10 years due to habitat (marsh) destruction for urbanisation, agricultural pollution and the introduction of alien predators (Carmona, J and Elvira, B. pers comm).
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is restricted to six locations on the Mediterranean coastal area of Spain. (Elvira, B. pers comm).
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Population [top]

Population: Decreasing.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in marshes, wetlands and springs.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Drought, habitat destruction, water extraction, domestic and agricultural pollution and introduction of Gambusia holbrooki.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed in the Annexes II and IV of the European Union Habitats Directive and in the Appendix II of the Bern Convention. There have been introductions of the species into man-made marshes (Elvira, B. pers. comm).

Bibliography [top]

Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. (eds). 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. pp. 378. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Caiola, N. and De Sostoa, A. 2002. Life history and feeding ecology of a captive population of the endangered Valencia toothcarp, Valencia hispanica. In: M.J. Collares-Pereira, M.M. Coelho & I.G. Cowx (eds). Conservation of Freshwater Fishes: Options for the Future. pp: 131–142.

Doadrio, I. 2001. Atlas y libro rojo de los peces continentale de Espana. Madrid MMA, CSIC.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN. 1990. 1990 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN. 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 04 May 2006.

IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre. 1988. 1988 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Perdices, A., Machordom, A. and Doadrio, I. 1996. Allozymic variation and relationships of the endangered cyprinodontid genus Valencia and its implications for conservation. Journal of Fish Biology 49: 1112–1127.

Planelles, M. and Reyna, S. 1996. Conservation of samaruc, Valencia hispanica (Valenciennes, 1846), (Pisces: Cyprinodontidae), an endemic and endangered species, in the community of Valencia (east Spain). In: A. Kirchhofer & D. Hefti (eds) Conservation of Endangered Freshwater Fish in Europe. pp: 329–335. Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland.

Rincon, P.A., Correas, A.M., Morcillo, F., Risueno, P. and Lobon-Cervia, J. 2002. Interaction between the introduced eastern mosquitofish and two autochtonous Spanish toothcarps. Journal of Fish Biology 61: 1560–1585.

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Valencia hispanica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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