Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Sabanejewia: Because of P. Sabanejev, expert in plankton.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 47°N - 43°N, 6°E - 14°E
Europe: Adriatic basin, in Po and lower Adige drainages in Italy. Introduced in Ombrone, Tevere and Trismeno drainages (central Italy).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 556); common length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 556)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Numerous (15-27) blotches on midlateral row, small and roundish, often fused into an irregular stripe. Black spots at caudal base small but clearly visible, located on equal distance the size of their diameter. Dorsal and ventral adipose crests on caudal peduncle similarly developed. Presence of a dark spot on lower lip. At least one row of small spots directly below midlateral blotches.
A short-lived species. Adults inhabit lakes and lowland water courses with little current (Ref. 12291), on silt bottom with little aquatic vegetation (Ref. 59043). Feed on invertebrates. Oviparous, with distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Age at first maturity: about 2 years (Ref. 59043). Population is threatened by pollution and habitat destruction (Ref. 26100). However, recent assessment of threat: least concern (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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00252 - 0.01200), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assumed Fec < 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .