Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
Etymology: Sabanejewia: Because of P. Sabanejev, expert in plankton.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 5°C - 20°C (Ref. 12468); 47°N - 43°N, 22°E - 30°E
Europe: Danube drainage: lower and middle Danube upriver to Bratislava, entering only the lowermost parts of the tributaries. Also in the Tisza system in Hungary and Slovakia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12468)
Presence of a midlateral row of 4-9 (rarely up to 10) dark blotches along flank. Ventral adipose crest on caudal peduncle absent or less developed than dorsal one. Absence of small spots row directly below midlateral blotches. Dorsal origin above pelvic origin. Interspaces between midlateral blotches without dark pigmentation. Body above midlateral blotches with a few dark spots or unpigmented altogether. 5-8 (rarely up to 10) dorsal blotches. Body depth 16.5-20.0% SL.
Found in large lowland rivers, usually in deep water (Ref. 59043). Spawning takes place in Danube River and in mouths of some tributaries (Ref. 59043).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kottelat, M. and J. Freyhof, 2007. Handbook of European freshwater fishes. Publications Kottelat, Cornol and Freyhof, Berlin. 646 pp. (Ref. 59043)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00233 - 0.01079), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assumed Fec < 10,000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).