At Manyas Lake, Cobitis puncticulata is threatened by water extraction, which is causing the water level to decrease. Industrial and agricultural activities are also polluting the waters (1).
In Greece, however, the situation is very different, and this species’ habitat appears to be much more secure. In addition, small, densely vegetated streams have been poorly explored in this region of Greece, meaning that additional populations of Cobitis puncticulata are likely to be discovered in future (5). In light of this, some scientists argue that the status of Cobitis puncticulata on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species should be downgraded from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable (4) (5).