Pelasgus stymphalicus

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Pelasgus stymphalicus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Leuciscinae
Genus: Pelasgus
Species: P. stymphalicus
Binomial name
Pelasgus stymphalicus
(Valenciennes, 1844)

Pelasgus stymphalicus is a threatened species of small freshwater fish. It is a short-lived species, and reaches a maximum length of 12 cm.

P. stymphalicus is endemic to slow-flowing rivers and wetlands in the Peloponnese and disjunctly in Lake Stymphalia, a natural eutrophic lake without surface drainage. The main threats to P. stymphalicus are habitat destruction, water extraction and pollution, although the species is resilient and well-adapted to unstable conditions. It is protected under Appendix II of the EU's Habitats Directive (1992) and under Appendix III of the Bern Convention, (1982).[1]


  • Economidis, P.S., 1995, Endangered freshwater fishes of Greece., Biological Conservation, 72, 201-211
  • Crivelli, A.J., 1996. The freshwater fish endemic to the Mediterranean region. An action plan for their conservation.. Tour du Valat Publication, 171 p.
  • Early development of Pseudophoxinus stymphalicus (Cyprinidae) from lake Trichonis, Greece Daoulas C. ; Psarras T. ; Barbieri T - Seliki R. ; Economou A. N. ; Cybium (Cybium) ISSN 0399-0974, 1995

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