Sabanejewia bulgarica (Drensky, 1928)
Sabanejewia bulgarica
photo by Otel, V.

 Family:  Cobitidae (Loaches), subfamily: Cobitinae
 Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Europe: Danube drainage: lower and middle Danube upriver to Bratislava, entering only the lowermost parts of the tributaries. Also in the Tisza system in Hungary and Slovakia.
 Diagnosis:  Presence of a midlateral row of 4-9 (rarely up to 10) dark blotches along flank. Ventral adipose crest on caudal peduncle absent or less developed than dorsal one. Absence of small spots row directly below midlateral blotches. Dorsal origin above pelvic origin. Interspaces between midlateral blotches without dark pigmentation. Body above midlateral blotches with a few dark spots or unpigmented altogether. 5-8 (rarely up to 10) dorsal blotches. Body depth 16.5-20.0% SL.
 Biology:  Found in large lowland rivers, usually in deep water (Ref. 59043). Spawning takes place in Danube River and in mouths of some tributaries (Ref. 59043).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 03.07.98
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 07.07.10

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