Acanthobrama microlepis

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Acanthobrama microlepis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Acanthobrama
Species: A. microlepis
Binomial name
Acanthobrama microlepis
(De Filippi, 1863)

Abramis microlepis De Filippi, 1863
Acanthalburnus microlepis (De Filippi, 1863)

Acanthobrama microlepis, called the blackbrow bleak[2] or the Caucasian bream,[1] is a species of freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family. It reaches a maximum size of 25 cm (9.8 in) TL.[2] The species is found in lakes and rivers of the southwestern Caspian Sea drainage basin, including Sefīd-Rūd, Kura River and Aras River. It has also been introduced to Iraq.

It is an ubiquitous species, which inhabits all kinds of freshwater bodies "with standing or slowly flowing waters as larger streams, rivers, reservoirs and lakes".[1] Hydroelectric exploitation of the river systems does not seem to have impacted this species. Populations are in decline in Iran. The species is locally fished, but commands a low price, and is rarely a targeted species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Freyhof, J. (2014). "Acanthobrama microlepis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Acantobrama microlepis" in FishBase. April 2015 version.