Alburnus thessalicus Stephanidis, 1950
Alburnus thessalicus
photo by Kommatas, Vardakas, Tachos & Koutsikos (HCMR - IIW)

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Leuciscinae
Max. size:  15.5 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 30.2 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Europe: Pinios to Struma drainages in Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria.
Diagnosis:  Diagnosed from congeners in Balkan Peninsula by having the following characters: origin of anal fin below branched dorsal ray 4-7; lateral line with 49+ 2-3 scales; anal fin with 14-17½ branched rays; 18-25 gill rakers; ventral keel exposed for 8-12 scales in front of anus; caudal peduncle depth 1.7-2.1 times in its length; lacking or only faint dark lateral stripe (more distinct in preserved individuals) (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  This species inhabits open waters of medium to large rivers, where it forages close to surface (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.01.10
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.12.17

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