Fish Database

Cobitis herzegoviniensis

Mostarsko spined loach (eng.), Mostarsko Steinbeisser (ger.), Mostarski vijun (hr.)

© Jörg Freyhof

Distribution and Habitat - Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Mostarsko spined loach is one of five steno-endemic loach species in the Dalmatian/Bosnian- Herzegovina region. C. herzegoviniensis was first described by Buj et al. (2014) from the Lištica River in the Mostarsko blato karstic field in Bosnia-Herzegovina; subsequent data can found in Buj et al. (2015a). No specific biological information is available; the species is assumed to have the same general characteristics as other loaches in the region (see Ćaleta et al. 2015).
At this time, there is no hydropower scheme planned in the immediate vicinity of this steno- endemic species. However, these karst systems are very complicated (see Bonacci et al. 2016) and thus even schemes in other drainages can drastically effect the hydrology of this habitat.
  • IUCN-Redlist Unknown
  • EUR-HAB-DIR III
  • Bern Convention II
  • Hydropower Sensitivity Moderate
  • Balkan Dam Threat * Low to Moderate

* The assessment of Balkan Dam Threat is based on the loss of habitat that would occur if all or most of the planned hydropower schemes in the distribution range of the species were to be built. For more precise specification see Fish Study, page 8.