Aphanius iberus (Spanish toothcarp)

Aphanius iberus the Spanish or Iberian toothcarp or fartet, is a small, sexually dimorphic fish, restricted to the eastern Spanish coastline. 

Aphanius iberus is classified as Endangered and faces threats relating to its limited and isolated distribution as well as a range of threats to its habitat. 

Species detail

Aphanius iberus

A male Aphanius iberus

Aphanius iberus is sexually dimorphic.

Adult males show a coloration pattern characterized by narrow silver transversal bars along the body side, which are continued on the caudal fin (3-4 bars).

Females show numerous small dark spots on the body flanks which tend to form rows, one of them along the lateral line.

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    Taxonomy

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    Distribution

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    Biology

    The biology of Aphanius iberus is characterized by fast growth and reduced longevity. Find out more about the biology of this species, including information regarding its size, life expectancy and physiology.

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    Conservation

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    References

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Images

Aphanius iberus

Aphanius iberus

© Carlos González Revelles
Aphanius iberus

Aphanius iberus

© Carlos González Revelles
Aphanius iberus

Aphanius iberus

© Carlos González Revelles
Aphanius iberus

Aphanius iberus

© Matt Ford

About the author

Javier García-Alonso

Former Postgraduate Research Assistant, Trace Metal Research Group, Department of Zoology.

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