Capoeta damascina

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Capoeta damascina
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Cyprininae
Genus: Capoeta
Species: C. damascina
Binomial name
Capoeta damascina
(Valenciennes, 1842)[2]

Capoeta damascina, the Levantine scraper or Mesopotamian barb, is a species of cyprinid fish from the Near East region. It is reported from Iraq, Israel, Jordania, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.[1] There are controversial views whether it is[3] or is not[1] found in Iran.

It is a bottom feeding fish, about 30 cm long, and it lives in lakes as well as both fast and slow-moving streams, and both in clear and muddy waters. It is said to be tasteless.[2] It has been recorded hybridising with Carasobarbus canis but these hybrids are sterile.[4]

Carasobarbus canis x Capoeta damascina - ZooKeys-339-001-g028


  1. ^ a b c Freyhof, J. 2014. Capoeta damascina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 06 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Capoeta damascina" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  3. ^ Coad, Brian W. Fishes of Tehran Province and Adjacent Areas. Tehran: Shabpareh Publishing Institute, 2009. ISBN 9786005038026
  4. ^ Borkenhagen K; Krupp F (2013). "Taxonomic revision of the genus Carasobarbus Karaman, 1971 (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae)". ZooKeys. Pensoft Publishers. 339: 1––53. doi:10.3897/zookeys.339.4903.