A Critical Checklist of the Inland Fishes Native to the Euphrates and Tigris Drainages


Freyhof J., Kaya C. , Ali A.

in: A Critical Checklist of the Inland Fishes Native to the Euphrates and Tigris Drainages, Laith A. Jawad, Editor, Springer-Verlag , Zürich, pp.815-854, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag
  • City: Zürich
  • Page Numbers: pp.815-854
  • Editors: Laith A. Jawad, Editor

Abstract

The fishes of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are reviewed and 244 species from 59 families are recognized. From these, 130 are coastal species, many just entering the lower Shatt Al-Arab during salt water intrusion. Additional 116 species are anadromous (Tenualosa ilisha) or restricted to freshwaters including one species (Aphaniops stoliczkanus) found in freshwater, brackish water, and marine habitats. Three families (Cyprinidae: 32 species, Leuciscidae: 21 species, Nemacheilidae: 39 species) dominate the freshwater fish fauna. The largest genus is Oxynoemacheilus with 26 species in the area. Endemic to the Euphrates and Tigris are 90 species (81%) of freshwater species. Most non-endemic freshwater species occur also in the Iranian rivers of the Gulf, while six species are shared with the Mediterranean and one each with the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea basins.