Scardinius plotizza Heckel & Kner, 1858
photo by Glamuzina, B.

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Leuciscinae
Max. size:  39 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Europe: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the middle and lower Neretva drainage, Stara (Old) Neretva, Lake Desne, lake basins near Imotski, Matica drainage near Vrgorac.
Diagnosis:  Distinguished from its congeners in Europe by the combination of the following characters: 37-40 scales along lateral line; anal fin with 9½ branched rays; 11-14 gill rakers; dorsal head profile straight, snout pointing forward, tip above level of middle eye; back not humped behind nape; eye not close to dorsal head profile when viewed laterally; head length 29-31% SL; articulation of lower jaw below or in front of anterior margin of eye; ventral head profile with a conspicuous angle at articulation of lower jaw; and all fins dark grey in adults (Ref. 59043).
Biology:  Inhabits well vegetated rivers, backwaters, oxbows, ponds, and lakes. Attains a maximum size of about 20 cm SL (Ref. 59043).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.01.10
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 02.05.16

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