Telestes polylepis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Telestes polylepis
Species Authority: Steindachner, 1866
Leuciscus polylepis (Steindachner, 1866)
Taxonomic Notes: Changed from genus from Leuciscus to Telestes (Banarescin 1998).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)+2ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Crivelli, A.J.
Reviewer(s): Freyhof, J. & Bogutskaya, N. (Mediterranean Workshop, Dec. 2004)
L. polylepis is only found in one location, Stanicka Jaruga, a stream 1 m wide and 2 km long (area of occupancy (AOO) <10 km² and extent of occurrence (EOO) <100 km²). There is also a continuing decline of AOO, habitat quality and mature individuals due to water extraction and introduced trout species.
1996 Endangered
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is only found at a very small karstic stream, Stanicka Jaruga in Croatia (Cikola River). There are historical records from Zagorska Dreznica, Dobra and Mreznica drainages (not confirmed) (M. Mrakovcic pers. comm.).
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Population [top]

Population: No data.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Lives in karstic streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water extraction, introduced species (trout).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Listed in the Appendix III of the Bern Convention.

Citation: Crivelli, A.J. 2006. Telestes polylepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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