Overview

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Biology

Forms schools along the banks just under the water surface in clean, slow flowing water with very dense aquatic vegetation.
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Distribution

Mediterranean Sea basin, Turkey.
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Asia: known only from the Manavgat River basin in Turkey.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Analsoft rays: 16 - 18; Vertebrae: 36 - 38
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Size

Max. size

6.1 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 39257))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.5
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Conservation

Threats

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Wikipedia

Alburnus baliki

The Antalya bleak (Alburnus baliki) is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Alburnus. It is endemic to Turkey and is commonly found it schools in clear, vegetated fresh water.[2]

Description[edit]

Alburnus baliki is similar in appearance to other members of its genus, Alburnus. In addition, it has 12 dorsal rays, 16-18 anal rays and 36-38 vertebra.[3] The longest known specimen was 6.1 cm long.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Manavgat River flowing over the Manavgat Waterfall

Alburnus baliki is only known from Turkey and was discovered in 2000 in the Manavgat River system.[3] Shoals of the fish were found near the surface along the river's banks, where the water was slow contained heavy vegetation, with a pH range around 6.5.[2] This fish is known from 4 streams draining into the Gulf of Antalya, from the Aksu River in the east to the Mangat River in the west. It may also be present in the Ceyhan River. Three of the four rivers it is endemic to have been modified by hydroelectric dams and pollution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freyhof, J. (2014). "Alburnus baliki". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Alburnus baliki" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  3. ^ a b c Bogutskaya, N.G., F. Kucuk and E. Unlu, 2000. Alburnus baliki, a new species of cyprinid fish from the Manavgat River system, Turkey. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 11(1):55-64.
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