Freshwater Fishes of Iran

Contents

Revised:  19 April 2019

1. Introduction - (includes as one file Contents, Acknowledgements, Purpose, Materials and Methods, History of Research, Fisheries, Geography, Climate, Habitats, Environmental Change, Drainage Basins, Scientific Names, Fish Structure, Collecting Fishes, Preserving Fishes, Checklists, Glossaries, and Quotes).

2. Keys - active but still under construction.

3. Species Accounts

      a. Description + Acipenseridae;

       b. Cyprinidae (Abramis to Cyprinus; and Garra to Vimba);

       c. Cobitidae + Nemacheilidae + Salmonidae + Cyprinodontidae;

       d. Sparidae + Cichlidae.

4. Bibliography 1711-2013 (note the papers listed in Published Accounts have updated bibliographies and contain references not found here).

5. Published Accounts

The families Adrianichthyidae (Oryzias latipes), Percichthyidae (Morone saxatilis), Centrarchidae (Lepomis macrochirus and Micropterus salmoides), Mullidae (Mullus barbatus), Scophthalmidae (Psetta maxima) and Pleuronectidae (Platichthys flesus) are deleted from this work as the species therein have not been confirmed from Iran (see Coad and Abdoli (1993b) for some details).

Revised sections of this website appeared as review articles in the Iranian Journal of Ichthyology (http://ijichthyol.org/) and the International Journal of Aquatic Biology (www. ij-aquaticbiology.com), both published by the Iranian Society of Ichthyology. These families are no longer accessible here and will not be updated further.

Note that the species formerly in the family Cyprinidae are now assigned to seven families in Iran. The less speciose families will be published as journal articles and the two largest families (carps or Cyprinidae and minnows or Leuciscidae) as books.

Families

Genera

Common Names

Journal

Anguillidae

Anguilla

Freshwater Eels

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(2):102-107, 2016.

Atherinidae

Atherina

Silversides

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 3(5):282-289, 2015.

Bagridae

Mystus

Bagrid Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Carcharhindae

Carcharhinus

Freshwater Sharks

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 3(4):216-221, 2015.

Chanidae

Chanos

Milkfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(2):65-79, 2015.

Channidae

Channa

Snakeheads

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(1):65-72, 2016.

Clupeidae

Alosa, Clupeonella, Tenualosa

Herrings

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 5(3):128-192, 2017.

Cyprinoidei:-  

Carps, Minnows and relatives

 

- Acheilognathidae

Rhodeus

Bitterlings

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 5(4):257-267, 2018.

- Cyprinidae

Arabibarbus, Bangana, Barbus, Capoeta, Carasobarbus, Carassius, Cyprinion, Cyprinus, Garra, Luciobarbus, Mesopotamichthys, Schizocypris, Schizothorax, Schizopygopsis, Tariqilabeo

Carps

 

- Danionidae

Barilius, Cabdio

Danionids

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 6(4):179-188, 2018.

- Gobionidae

Gobio, Pseudorasbora, Romanogobio

Gobionids

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 6(1):1-20, 2019.

- Leuciscidae

Abramis, Acanthobrama, Alburnoides, Alburnus, Ballerus, Blicca, Chondrostoma, Leucaspius, Leuciscus, Pelecus, Petroleuciscus, Rutilus, Scardinius, Squalius, Vimba         

Minnows

 

- Tincidae

Tinca

Tench

 

- Xenocyprididae

Ctenopharyngodon, Hemiculter, Hypophthalmichthys, Mylopharyngodon

East Asian Minnows

 

Esocidae

Esox

Pikes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(3):161-180, 2016.

Gasterosteidae

Gasterosteus, Pungitius

Sticklebacks

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(3):133-147, 2015.

Gobiidae

Anatirostrum, Babka, Benthophiloides, Benthophilus, Boeleophthalmus, Caspiosoma, Chasar, Glossogobius, Hyrcanogobius, Knipowitschia, Mesogobius, Neogobius, Periophthalmus, Ponticola, Proterorhinus, Rhinogobius

Gobies

 

Heteropneustidae

Heteropneustes

Stinging Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Lotidae

Lota

Cuskfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(4):229-235, 2016.

Mastacembelidae

Mastacembelus

Spiny Eels

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(1):1-12, 2015.

Mugilidae

Chelon, Ellochelon, Mugil, Planiliza (and Liza)

Mugilidae

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 4(2):75-130, 2017.

Percidae

Perca, Sander

Perches

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(3):143-170, 2016.

Petromyzontidae Caspiomyzon Lampreys International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(4):256-278, 2016.
Poeciliidae

Gambusia, Poecilia, Xiphophorus

Livebearers

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 4(4):305-330,

Siluridae

Silurus

Sheatfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Sisoridae

Glyptothorax

Sisorid Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Syngnathidae

Syngnathus

Pipefishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(3):133-147, 2015.


 

Alphabetical Links to Genera

Abramis     Acanthalburnus     Acanthobrama     Acanthopagrus     Acipenser     Alburnoides     Alburnus     Aphanius     Aspiolucius    Aspius    Barbus     Blicca     Capoeta     Capoetobrama     Carasobarbus     Carassius    Chondrostoma     Cobitis     Coregonus     Cyprinion     Cyprinus     Garra     Huso     Ilamnemacheilus     Iranocichla     Iranocypris     Kosswigobarbus    Labeo     Leucaspius     Luciobarbus     Mesopotamichthys     Metaschistura     Misgurnus     Oncorhynchus     Oreochromis     Oxynoemacheilus     Parabramis     Paracobitis     Paraschistura     Pelecus     Petroleuciscus     Pimephales     Pseudogobio   Pseudoscaphirhynchus     Rutilus     Sabanejewia     Salmo     Salvelinus     Scardinius     Schizocypris     Schizopygopsis     Schizothorax     Seminemacheilus     Squalius     Stenodus     Tilapia     Tor     Triplophysa     Turcinoemacheilus     Vimba        

Alphabetical Links to Families

Acipenseridae     Cichlidae     Cobitidae     Cyprinidae     Cyprinodontidae     Nemacheilidae     Salmonidae     Sparidae

Marine species entering fresh water from the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman can be accessed through a Marine List in the Checklists of the Introduction.

Brian W. Coad ( www.briancoad.com)