Ichthyofauna of Zarivar Lake (Iran) with the first records of Hemiculter leucisculus And Alburnus hohenackeri in the Tigris drainage

 

Hamid Reza Esmaeili*, Ali Gholamifard*, Jörg Freyhof**

 

*Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, 71454, Iran.

**Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, Germany.

Correspondence Author: Dr. H.R. Esmaeili, Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, 71454, Iran

E mail: esmaeili@susc.ac.ir ; hresmaeili@yahoo.com

 

Abstract: The fish fauna of Zarivar lake, Iran is reviewed. Fourteen fish species are reported, five of them native and nine alien to the Euphrates and Tigris drainages. During a survey of the lake in 2009, nine fish species could be recorded, that all of them non native. No native species could be found at all. Furthermore, we report here the first occurrence of the East Asian cyprinid Hemiculter leucisculus and the Caspian cyprinid Alburnus hohenackeri from Tigris drainage both most likely having been introduced from the Caspian Sea basin.

 

Key words: Alien species, ichthyofauna, Cyprinidae, Zarivar, Iran

 

 

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