Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Paraschistura: Generic name taken from its similarity with the genus Schistura..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Subtropical
Asia: Hari River in Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan; Murgab River in Afghanistan and Turkmenistan; and streams of the northern slope of Kopetdag in Turkmenistan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111734)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Paraschistura turcmenica can be diagnosed from all congers in Iran, with the exception of P. kessleri, by the complete absence of scales (vs. presence of scales at least on caudal peduncle). It differs from P. kessleri by the possession of irregularly shaped and set bars on the flank, often dissociated into a marmorate pattern or a row of midlateral blotches and a row of saddles on the back (vs. 10-12 distinct, regularly shaped and set dark-brown bars on the flank); from P. bampurensis by the absence of a suborbital flap (vs. presence), a blunt snout (vs. pointed) and a color patter of irregularly set dark-brown bars or series of blotches on the flank (vs. 11-18 regularly set bars); from P. cristata by the absence of a dorsal adipose crest (vs. presence) and an incomplete lateral line (vs. complete); and from P. nielseni by having a very slender body (body depth at dorsal-fin origin 13-15 % SL vs. 15-17). Additional characters useful to distinguish P. turcmenica include the following: black spot at base of first dorsal-fin rays bold; dorsal fin usually with 7 1/2 branched rays; pelvic fin reaching to about 1-2 eye diameter in front of anus (Ref. 103390).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Freyhof, J., G. Sayyadzadeh, H.R. Esmaeili and M. Geiger, 2015. Review of the genus Paraschistura from Iran with description of six new species (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 26(1):1-48. (Ref. 103390)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00366 - 0.01140), b=2.95 (2.81 - 3.09), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .