Acanthobrama hadiyahensis Coad, Alkahem & Behnke, 1983

Arabian bream



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1983 or before

Rediscovered in 2014 or before



Qusaiba'a Dam, Al-Thamad area of Khaybar City, Saudi Arabia












Original scientific description:

Coad, B. W., Alkahem, H. F. and Behnke, R. J. (1983). Acanthobrama hadiyahensis, a new species of cyprinid fish from Saudi Arabia. Publications in Natural Sciences, National Museums of Canada, 2:v + 6 pp.

Other references:

Alkahem HF, Behnke RJ, Ahmad Z (1990) Some osteological distinction among four Arabian cyprinid species. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 36(4): 477-482

Boland, Christopher R. J. and Burwell, Bruce O. (2021). Ranking and mapping Saudi Arabia’s high conservation priority terrestrial vertebrates. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology 10(2): 197-210.

Coad, Brian W. (2010). Threatened fishes of the world: Acanthobrama hadiyahensis Coad, Alkahem and Behnke, 1983 (Cyprinidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 87: 99.

Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) (2003) Fourth International Conservation Workshop for the Threatened Fauna of Arabia. Final Report. EPAA and Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, Sharjah, UAE. 141 pp.

Hamidan, Nashat A-F. and Aloufi, A. (2014). Rediscovery of Acanthobrama hadiyahensis (Cyprinidae) in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Fish Biology 84(4): 1179-1184. [Abstract]

Hamidan, Nashat A-F. and Shobrak, Mohammed. (2019). An Update on Freshwater Fishes of Saudi Arabia. Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences 12(4): 495-502.


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