Daska (Pseudophoxinus stymphalicus)

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Daska fact file

Daska description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderCypriniformes
FamilyCyprinidae
GenusPseudophoxinus (1)

Typical of most cyprinids, the daska is a small, silvery-brown fish, sometimes with a slight purplish sheen in the light, but no remarkable colours or pattern. The fins and tail are virtually transparent, and the tail is forked.

Size
Size: 12 cm (2)
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Daska biology

The daska is a short-lived species (2) with a high level of resilience, capable of quickly re-establishing depleted sub-populations (1). Spawning occurs from December to March, and the diet includes invertebrates and plants (2).

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Daska range

Restricted to parts of the Peloponnese, Aitolo-Akarnania and Lefkas Island, Greece (1) (2).

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Daska habitat

Occurs in springs and associated wetlands and in lowland water courses with little current (2).

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Daska status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1), and listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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Daska threats

The daska is threatened by water extraction and pollution within its range, although in general the population is considered safe with no apparent long-term decline. While some local sub-populations have been severely impacted, many are expected to recover if conditions improve, because of this species’ ability to quickly rebound from depleted numbers (1).

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Daska conservation

There are currently no known conservation measures targeting this species.

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2008)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. FishBase (November, 2006)
    http://fishbase.mnhn.fr/summary/speciessummary.php?id=9928
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