Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Leuciscidae
(Minnows) > Leuciscinae
Etymology: Alburnus: From the city of Al Bura, where the fish was known (Ref. 45335); vistonicus: Named for the only known habitat of this species, the Lake Vistonis. More on authors: Freyhof & Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Subtropical; 0°C -
Europe: Lake Vistonis drainage in Greece (Ref. 75107). Shemajas from Filiouris drainage might be conspecific (Ref. 59043).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75107)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Can be diagnosed by the combination of the following characters: origin of anal fin about ½ -1 ½ scales behind dorsal-fin base; anal fin with 13-15½ branched rays; gill rakers 21-25; lateral line scales 57-67+4; ventral keel exposed for 5-12 scales in front of anus; head length 21-24% SL; predorsal length 52-56% SL; caudal peduncle depth 1.9-2.4 times in its length; caudal peduncle length 19-22% SL; eye diameter 5.1-6.7% SL; 1.1-1.6 times in interorbital distance; 22-29% head length; few, large tubercles in nuptial males (Ref. 75107).
A lacustrine species which undertakes migration to upper reaches of tributaries to spawn in riffles with heavy current on gravel bottom (Ref. 59043).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Freyhof, J. and M. Kottelat, 2007. Alburnus vistonicus, a new species of shemaya from eastern Greece, with remarks on Chalcalburnus chalcoides macedonicus from Lake Volvi (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 18(3):205-212. (Ref. 75107)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass 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=0.00692 (0.00323 - 0.01483), b=3.13 (2.96 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 7.3 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100) .