The freshwater fishes of Israel

M. Goren*

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This work summarizes investigations on the freshwater fishes of Israel, performed mainly between 1967 and 197 0, during which samples were collected and observations made in 240 localities. The following 24 species were collected: Barbus canis Valenciennes (Jordan drainage); Barbus langiceps Valenciennes (Jordan drainage); Capoeta damascina (Valenciennes) (Jordan drainage and Nahal Kesiv -Coastal drainage); Garra rufa (Heckel) (Jordan drainage); Tylagnathus steinitziarum Kosswig (Jordan drainage and N. Kishon - Coastal drainage); Miragrex terraesanctae (Steinitz) (Lake Kinneret and Huleh); Acanthabrama lissneri Tmtonese (Jordan draina and N. Kishon), Acanthabrama telavivensisGoren, Fishelson and Trewavas (Coastal drainage); Pseudaphaxinus kervillei (Pellegerin) (Upper Galilee); Pseudaphaxinus zeregi (Heckel) (Central Golan Heights); Naemacheilus angarae jardanicus Banarescu and Nalbant (Jordan drainage); Naemacheilus panthera (Heckel) (Central Golan Heights and northern margins of Upper Galilee); Naemacheilus tigris (Heckel) (Lake Kinneret); Qarias lazera Valenciennes (Jordan and Coastal drainages); Aphanius menta (Heckel) (Jordan and Coastal drainages, also in 'Ein Fashkha); Aphanius dispar richardsani Boulenger (springs around Dead Sea); Blennius fluviatilis Asso (Lake Kinneret); Tilapia galilaea Artedi (Jordan and Coastal drainages); Tilapia nilatica (L.) (N. Yarqon); Tilapia aurea (Steindacher) (Jordan and Coastal drainages, also in 'Ein Fashkha); Tilapia zillii (Gervais) (Jordan and Coastal drainages, also in 'Ein Fashkha); Haplachramis flaviijasephi (Lortet) (Lake Kinneret and Bet She'an Valley), Tristramella sacra (Gunther) (Lake Kinneret); T. simanis (Gunther) (Lake Kinneret). Detailed taxonomic examinations were performed on the species of the genera Acanthabrama, Miragrex, Pseudaphaxinus, Garra, Naemacheilus, Aphanius and Capaeta. Thisextends their original descriptions and clarifies their taxonomic status. The species Aphanius menta (Heckel) was divided into two subspecies: A. menta menta and A. menta striptus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-118
Number of pages52
JournalIsrael Journal of Zoology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1974


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