Freshwater Fishes of Iran

Contents

Revised:  12 September 2021

1. Introduction - (includes as one file Contents, Acknowledgements, Purpose, Materials and Methods, History of Research, Fisheries, Geography, Climate, Habitats, Environmental Change, Drainage Basins, Scientific Names, Fish Structure, Collecting Fishes, Preserving Fishes, Checklists, Glossaries, and Quotes). Note that Voume 1 of Carps and Minnows of Iran (see below for link) repeats and expands on these entries.

2. Species Accounts

      a. Description + Acipenseridae;

       b. Cobitidae + Nemacheilidae + Salmonidae + Cyprinodontidae;

        c. Sparidae + Cichlidae.

3. Bibliography 1711-2013 (note the papers listed in Published Accounts have updated bibliographies and contain references not found here).

4. Published Accounts

The families Adrianichthyidae (Oryzias latipes), Percichthyidae (Morone saxatilis), Centrarchidae (Lepomis macrochirus and Micropterus salmoides), Mullidae (Mullus barbatus), Scophthalmidae (Psetta maxima) and Pleuronectidae (Platichthys flesus) are deleted from this work as the species therein have not been confirmed from Iran (see Coad and Abdoli (1993b) for some details).

Revised sections of this website appeared as review articles in the Iranian Journal of Ichthyology (http://ijichthyol.org/) and the International Journal of Aquatic Biology (www. ij-aquaticbiology.com), both published by the Iranian Society of Ichthyology. These families are no longer accessible here and will not be updated further.

Note that the species formerly in the family Cyprinidae are now assigned to seven families in Iran. The less speciose families are published as journal articles. The two largest families (carps or Cyprinidae and minnows or Leuciscidae) appear here as downloadable files. A more permanent home will eventually be found these latter two as their size precludes publishing in book form for cost reasons (both to produce the books and their probable retail price).

Families

Genera

Common Names

Journal

Anguillidae

Anguilla

Freshwater Eels

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(2):102-107, 2016.

Atherinidae

Atherina

Silversides

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 3(5):282-289, 2015.

Bagridae

Mystus

Bagrid Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Carcharhindae

Carcharhinus

Freshwater Sharks

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 3(4):216-221, 2015.

Chanidae

Chanos

Milkfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(2):65-79, 2015.

Channidae

Channa

Snakeheads

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(1):65-72, 2016.

Clupeidae

Alosa, Clupeonella, Tenualosa

Herrings

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 5(3):128-192, 2017.

Cyprinoidei:-  

Carps, Minnows and relatives

 

- Acheilognathidae

Rhodeus

Bitterlings

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 5(4):257-267, 2018.

- Cyprinidae

Arabibarbus, Bangana, Barbus, Capoeta, Carasobarbus, Carassius, Cyprinion, Cyprinus, Garra, Luciobarbus, Mesopotamichthys, Schizocypris, Schizothorax, Schizopygopsis, Tariqilabeo

Carps

Carps and Minnows of Iran
Volume I: General Introduction and Carps

(as optimised PDF)
and as uncompressed PDF here

- Danionidae

Barilius, Cabdio

Danionids

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 6(4):179-188, 2018.

- Gobionidae

Gobio, Pseudorasbora, Romanogobio

Gobionids

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 6(1):1-20, 2019.

- Leuciscidae

Abramis, Acanthobrama, Alburnoides, Alburnus, Ballerus, Blicca, Chondrostoma, Leucaspius, Leuciscus, Pelecus, Petroleuciscus, Rutilus, Scardinius, Squalius, Vimba         

Minnows

Carps and Minnows of Iran
Volume II: Minnows and Bibliography

(as optimised PDF)
and as uncompressed PDF here

- Tincidae

Tinca

Tench

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 6(2):82-91, 2019.

- Xenocyprididae

Ctenopharyngodon, Hemiculter, Hypophthalmichthys, Mylopharyngodon

East Asian Minnows

 

Esocidae

Esox

Pikes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(3):161-180, 2016.

Gasterosteidae

Gasterosteus, Pungitius

Sticklebacks

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(3):133-147, 2015.

Gobiidae

Anatirostrum, Babka, Benthophiloides, Benthophilus, Boeleophthalmus, Caspiosoma, Chasar, Glossogobius, Hyrcanogobius, Knipowitschia, Mesogobius, Neogobius, Periophthalmus, Ponticola, Proterorhinus, Rhinogobius

Gobies

 

Heteropneustidae

Heteropneustes

Stinging Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Lotidae

Lota

Cuskfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 3(4):229-235, 2016.

Mastacembelidae

Mastacembelus

Spiny Eels

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(1):1-12, 2015.

Mugilidae

Chelon, Ellochelon, Mugil, Planiliza (and Liza)

Mugilidae

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 4(2):75-130, 2017.

Percidae

Perca, Sander

Perches

International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(3):143-170, 2016.

Petromyzontidae Caspiomyzon Lampreys International Journal of Aquatic Biology, 4(4):256-278, 2016.
Poeciliidae

Gambusia, Poecilia, Xiphophorus

Livebearers

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 4(4):305-330,

Siluridae

Silurus

Sheatfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Sisoridae

Glyptothorax

Sisorid Catfishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 1(4):218-257, 2014.

Syngnathidae

Syngnathus

Pipefishes

Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 2(3):133-147, 2015.


 

Alphabetical Links to Genera

Acanthopagrus     Acipenser     Aphanius     Cobitis     Coregonus    Huso     Ilamnemacheilus     Iranocichla     Metaschistura     Misgurnus     Oncorhynchus     Oreochromis     Oxynoemacheilus     Paracobitis     Paraschistura     Pseudoscaphirhynchus     Sabanejewia     Salmo     Salvelinus     Seminemacheilus     Stenodus     Tilapia     Triplophysa     Turcinoemacheilus       

Alphabetical Links to Families

Acipenseridae     Cichlidae     Cobitidae    Cyprinodontidae     Nemacheilidae     Salmonidae     Sparidae

Marine species entering fresh water from the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman can be accessed through a Marine List in the Checklists of the Introduction.

Brian W. Coad ( www.briancoad.com)