Barbus macedonicus Karaman, 1928
photo by Kommatas, Vardakas & Tachos (HCMR - IIW)

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Barbinae
Max. size:  65 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater, non-migratory
Distribution:  Europe: Greece and Macedonia in Vardar, Aliakmon and Pinios drainages.
Diagnosis:  Diagnosed from other species of Barbus and Luciobarbus in Balkan Peninsula by the following characters: length of last simple dorsal ray conspicuously greater than head depth, posterior margin concave; last simple dorsal ray spinous, strong, serrated posteriorly along at least half of its length; 53-59 + 3-4 scales on lateral line; 14-17 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal origin; lower lip thick, with swollen median pad or short lobe; juveniles with dark marks on flank (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits main rivers, stretches with fast current, over stone and gravel bottom. Attains up to about 65 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 03.02.98
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 22.04.10

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