Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Alburninae
Etymology: Alburnoides: From the city of Al Bura, where the fish was known + particle Greek, oides = similar (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical
Europe: Pinios and Aliakmon River drainages in Greece. It is presumed that specimens of the transboundary Axios/Vardar basin in both Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia also belong to Alburnoides thessalicus.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116746); 9.1 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 14 - 17. Alburnoides thessalicus is distinguished from other species by the following combination of characters: body deep and relatively thick; snout stout, slightly to clearly rounded; snout length about equivalent to the eye diameter; mouth oblique, almost terminal, uppermost point of cleft below level of the middle of the eye to below the of lower margin of pupil; mouth cleft in lateral view
slightly slanted in its posterior part; sharp ventral keel in 2/3 of its length, variably scaled with modally 4?6 scales; anal fin usually with 12 1/2 branched rays; lateral line with 44?50 + 0?2 pored scales; usually 9?10 scales between lateral line and dorsal fin origin and 4 scales between lateral line and midline of the belly; 24?28 pre-dorsal scales; caudal fin clearly forked with lobes moderately pointed (Ref. 116746).
Occurs in variety of streams and rivers with fast-flowing waters and cobble-pebble substrate. Usually found in upland areas in cool waters. Spawns during middle spring in Pinios River. Often collected with the following species: Squalius vardarensis, B. sperchiensis, B. balcanicus Kotlík, Tsigenopoulos, Ráb & Berrebi, 2002, Chondrostoma vardarense Karaman, 1928, Gobio bulgaricus Drensky, 1926 and Sabanejewia balcanica (Karaman, 1922) (Ref. 116746).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Barbieri, R., J. Vukic, R. Sanda, Y. Kapakos and S. Zogaris, 2017. Alburnoides economoui, a new species of spirlin from Central Greece and redescription of Alburnoides thessalicus (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae). Biologia 71(9):1075-1088. (Ref. 116746)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00265 - 0.01571), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .