Alburnus akili


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alburnus akili
Species Authority: Battalgil, 1942
Common Name/s:
English Beyşehir bleak

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor/s: Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer/s: Erk’akan, F., Karatash, A., Goren, M. & Bogutskaya, N. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
Endemic to Lake Beysehir in Turkey, this species declined after the introduction of pikeperch into the lake in 1955. Overfishing also contributed to declines. The fish was last seen in 1998. Now Extinct.
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was restricted to the Lake Beysehir in Central Anatolia, Turkey.
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: Extinct. The fish was last seen in 1998 (F. Erk'akan, F. pers. comm.).

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This was a short-lived species, growing to 13–16 cm long.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The introduction of Pikeperch Sander lucioperca (in 1955) appears to be the main reason for the extinction of this species. Over fishing also contributed to declines.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place.

Bibliography [top]

Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland.

Balik, S. 1995. Freshwater fish in Anatolia, Turkey. Biological Conservation 72:213–223.

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

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

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Alburnus akili. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.
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