Alburnoides qanati Coad & Bogutskaya, 2009
Alburnoides qanati
photo by Keivany, Y.

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Leuciscinae
Max. size:  7.2 cm SL (male/unsexed); 7.25 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.8; depth range - 1 m
Distribution:  Asia: Pulvar River system, Kor River in Iran.
Diagnosis:  Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 40-41. Can be diagnosed by the combination of the following characters: eye large, the orbit width exceeding both the snout length and the interorbital width; scaled ventral keel behind the pelvic fins along the abdomen to the anus, commonly 43-47 lateral line scales to posterior margin of hypurals; 2.5-4.2 pharyngeal teeth; dorsal fin usually with 8½ branched rays; anal fin with 10-12½ branched rays; 40-41 total vertebrae, and the caudal vertebral region equal or longer then the abdominal with region, vertebral formulae 20+20 or 20+21 (Ref. 81462). Description: Dorsal fin unbranched rays commonly 3, dorsal fin branched rays 7½ or 8½ (mean 7.9), anal fin unbranched rays 3, anal fin branched rays 10½ , 11½ , 12½ ; branched pectoral fin rays 13, 14 or 15; pelvic fin branched rays 7. Lateral line scales to posterior margin of hypurals 41-49. Total gill rakers in the outer row on first left arch 6-9. Total vertebrae including 4 Weberian vertebrae and last complex centrum 40 or 41 (Ref. 81462).
Biology:  Encountered in qanat stream with clear and colorless water, conductivity 0.475 mS, slow to medium current, and bottom consisting of gravel and mud (Ref. 81462).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.07.09

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