Advertisement

Biologia

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 128–139 | Cite as

Current distribution and ecology of the critically endangered Valencia letourneuxi in Greece

  • Eleni KalogianniEmail author
  • Sofia Giakoumi
  • Stamatis Zogaris
  • Yorgos Chatzinikolaou
  • Brian Zimmerman
  • Alcibiades N. Economou
Section Zoology

Abstract

The current population status of the critically endangered Greek valencia Valencia letourneuxi (Sauvage, 1880), is presented, based on a thorough survey of low-altitude aquatic systems of Western Greece. The species’ historical geographical range appears to have been reduced, with the westernmost and southernmost populations being currently extinct or near extinction respectively, and the remaining ones in a vulnerable state. According to univariate and multivariate analysis, V. letourneuxi exhibits habitat specificity, with a strong affinity towards spring-fed wetlands with clear waters and rich surface vegetation, being thus vulnerable to human-induced habitat modifications and hydrological changes. The impact of the above threats, as well as of the introduction of alien species such as the mosquitofish Gambusia holbrooki is discussed.

Key words

V. letourneuxi distribution ecology Greece 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Aguiar F.C., Ferreira M.T. & Pinto P. 2002. Relative influence of environmental variables on macroinvertebrate assemblages from an Iberian basin. J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc. 21: 43–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Barbieri R., Daoulas Ch., Psarras T., Stoumboudi M.T. & Economou A.N. 2000. The biology and ecology of Valencia letourneuxi Sauvage, 1880 (Valenciidae) — Prospects for conservation. Medit. Mar. Sci. 1(2): 75–90.Google Scholar
  3. Barbieri R., Economou A.N., Stoumboudi M.Th. & Economidis P.S. 2002b. Freshwater fishes of Peloponnese (Greece): distribution, ecology and threats, pp. 55–64. In: Collares-Pereira M.J., Cowx I.G., Coelho M.M. (eds), Conservation of Freshwater Fishes: Options for the Future, Fishing News Books, Blackwell Science, Oxford.Google Scholar
  4. Barbieri R., Stoumboudi M.T. & Economou A.N. 2002a. Threatened fishes of the world: Valencia letourneuxi Sauvage, 1880 (Valenciidae). Environ. Biol. Fish. 65: 46. DOI 10.1023/A:1019627028345CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Bianco P.G. & Miller R.R. 1989. First record of Valencia letourneuxi (Sauvage, 1880) in Peloponnese (Greece) and remarks on the mediterranean family Valenciidae (Cyprinodontiformes). Cybium 13(4): 385–387.Google Scholar
  6. Bianco P.G., Ahnelt H. & Economidis P. 1996. The freshwater fishes from eastern, and large Mediterranean Islands with comments on their safety status. Acta Univ. Carol. Biol. 40: 45–60.Google Scholar
  7. Bianco P.G. & Nordlie F. 2008. The salinity tolerance of Pseudophoxinus stymphalicus (Cyprinidae) and Valencia letourneuxi (Valenciidae) from western Greece suggests a revision of the ecological categories of freshwater fishes. Ital. J. Zool. 75(3): 285–293. DOI 10.1080/11250000801931753CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Clarke K.R. & Warwick M.R. 1994. Change in Marine Communities: an Approach to Statistical Analysis and Interpretation. Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK, 144 pp.Google Scholar
  9. Daoulas C. 2003. New records of Economidichthys pygmaeus (Holly, 1929) (Gobiidae) and Valencia letourneuxi (Sauvage, 1880) (Valenciidae) in Western Greece, pp. 109–112. Proceedings of the 11th Panhellenic Ichthyological Congress, Preveza, Greece.Google Scholar
  10. Das J. 1985. On the biology and ecology of Valencia letourneuxi (Sauvage, 1880) (Teleostei, Cyprinodontiformes) in the Aheron — Kokitos — River — Drainage in northwestern Greece. Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 36(1–2): 163–176.Google Scholar
  11. Economidis P.S. 1991. Check list of freshwater fishes of Greece (recent status of threat and protection). Bulletin of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, Athens, 48 pp.Google Scholar
  12. Economidis P.S. 1995. Endangered freshwater fishes of Greece. Biol. Conserv. 72: 201–211. DOI 10.1016/0006-3207(94) 00083-3CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Economou A.N., Barbieri R., Daoulas Ch., Psarras T., Stoumboudi M., Bertahas I., Giakoumi S. & Patsias A. 1999. Endangered Freshwater Fish of Western Greece and Peloponnese — Distribution, Abundance, Threats and Measures for Protection. National Centre for Marine Research, Athens, 341 pp.Google Scholar
  14. Gasith A. & Resh V.H. 1999. Stream in Mediterranean climate regions: Abiotic influences and biotic responses to predictable seasonal effects. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 30: 51–81. DOI 10.1146/annurev.ecolsyst.30.1.51CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Hayes J.W. & Rutledge M.J. 1991. Relationship between turbidity and fish diets in lakes Waahi and Whangape. N. Z. J. Mar. Freshwater Res. 25(3): 297–304.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Kottelat M. 1997. European freshwater fishes. An heuristic check list of the freshwater fishes of Europe (exclusive of former USSR), with an introduction for non-systematists and comments on nomenclature and conservation. Biologia 52(Suppl. 5): 1–271.Google Scholar
  17. Kottelat M. & Freyhof J. 2007. Handbook of European Freshwater Fishes. Kottelat, Cornol, Switzerland and Freyh of, Berlin, Germany, 646 pp.Google Scholar
  18. Labhart P. 1980. Uber einige Zahnkarpflingsbiotope im westlichen Griecheland. D. K. G. Journal 12: 145–151.Google Scholar
  19. Legendre P. 2008. Studying beta diversity: ecological variation partitioning by multiple regression and canonical analysis. J. Plant Ecol. 1(1): 3–8. DOI 10.1093/jpe/rtm001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Maltagliati F., Lai T., Casu M., Valdesalici S. & Castelli A. 2006. Identification of endangered Mediterranean cyprinodontiform fish by means of DNA inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSRs). Biochem. Syst. Ecol. 34(8): 626–634. DOI 10.1016/j.bse.2006.02.003CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Meffe G.K. 1985. Predation and species replacement in American southwestern fishes: a case study. Southwest. Nat. 30(2): 173–187.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Oliva O. 1961. Bemerkungen Über einige Fischarten aus Albanien. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohemoslov. 25: 39–54.Google Scholar
  23. Oliva O. 1965. Zum Vorkommen von Valencia hispanica (Val. 1846) auf Korfu. Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 16: 308–315.Google Scholar
  24. Parenti L.R. 1981. A phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of cyprinodontiform fishes (Teleostei, Atherinimorpha). Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 168(4): 335–557.Google Scholar
  25. Perdices A., Machordom A. & Doadrio I. 1996. Allozymic variation and relationships of the endangered cyprinodontid genus Valencia and its implications for conservation. J. Fish Biol. 49: 1112–1127. DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8649.1996.tb01782.xGoogle Scholar
  26. Planelles M. 1996. The last populations of samaruc Valencia hispanica (Valenciennes 1846): Distribution, status and recovery efforts. Publ. Espec. Inst. Esp. Oceanogr. 21: 263–268.Google Scholar
  27. Planelles M. & Reyna S. 1996. Conservation of samaruc, Valencia hispanica (Valenciennes, 1846), (Pisces: Cyprinodontidae), an endemic and endangered species, in the community of Valencia (east Spain), pp. 329–335. In: Kirchhofer A., Hefti D. (eds), Conservation of Endangered Freshwater Fish in Europe, Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel.Google Scholar
  28. Rincón P.A., Correas A.M., Morcillo F., Risuéno P. & Lobón-Cerviá J. 2002. Interaction between the introduced eastern mosquitofish and two autochthonous Spanish toothcarps. J. Fish Biol. 61: 1560–1585. DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2002.tb02498.xCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Sauvage H.E. 1880. Note sur quelques poissons recueillis par M. Letourneux, en Epire, a Corfu et dans le lac Mareotis. Bull. Soc. Philom. Paris 7(4): 211–215.Google Scholar
  30. Seegers L. 1980. Und doch: Valencia auf Corfu! DKG-Journal (Köln) 12: 152–154.Google Scholar
  31. Stephanidis A. 1939. Freshwater fishes of Western Greece and of the Island of Corfu. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Athens, Athens, 44 pp.Google Scholar
  32. Stephanides T. 1964. The influence of the anti-mosquito fish Gambusia affinis, on the natural fauna of a Corfu lakelet. Praktika Hellenic Hydrobiol. Inst. 9(7): 4–8.Google Scholar
  33. Stephanidis A. 1974. On some fish of the Ioniokorinthian region (W. Greece etc.) — A new genus of Cyprinidae: Tropidophoxinellus n. gen. Biol. Gallo-Hell. 5(2): 235–257.Google Scholar
  34. Ter Braak C.J.F. & Šmilauer P. 1998. CANOCO Reference Manual and User’s Guide to Canoco for Windows: Software for Canonical Community Ordination (version 4). Centre for Biometry, Wageningen, 351 pp.Google Scholar
  35. Vilwock W., Scholl A. & Labhart P. 1982. Die gattung Valencia ein Beitrag zur Verbreitung und Taxonomie. Mitt. Hamb. Zool. Mus. Inst. 79: 273–280.Google Scholar
  36. Woeltjes T. 1982. Valencia hispanica letourneuxi van Corfu en Griekenland. Killi-Nieuws 11: 107–115.Google Scholar
  37. Woeltjes T. 1988. Valencia letourneuxi and Aphanius fasciatus from Corfu and Greece. JA KA 21(1–2): 26–38.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© © Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleni Kalogianni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sofia Giakoumi
    • 1
  • Stamatis Zogaris
    • 1
  • Yorgos Chatzinikolaou
    • 1
  • Brian Zimmerman
    • 2
  • Alcibiades N. Economou
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Inland WatersHellenic Centre for Marine ResearchAnavissosGreece
  2. 2.Zoological Society of LondonLondonUK

Personalised recommendations