Acanthobrama telavivensis Goren, Fishelson & Trewavas, 1973

Yarkon bleak, Yarkon bream



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1999. Since reintroduced to the wild (Smith et al., 2023)

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable





Biology & Ecology




ANSP 150990 (1 fish)

NRM 31181 (5 fish)

USNM 218514.5077084 (1 fish)

FMNH 87386 (2 fish)


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Original scientific description:

Goren, Menachem, Fishelson, L. and Trewavas, E. (1973). The cyprinid fishes of Acanthobrama Heckel and related genera. Bull Br Natl Hist Mus (Zoology) 24: 291-315.

Other references:

Elron, Eldad, Gasith, Avital and Goren, Menachem. (2006). Reproductive strategy of a small endemic cyprinid, the Yarqon bleak (Acanthobrama telavivensis), in a mediterranean-type stream. Environmental Biology of Fishes 77: 141.

Gafny, S., Goren, M. and Gasith, A. 2000. Habitat condition and fish assemblage structure in a coastal Mediterranean stream (Yarqon, Israel) receiving domestic effluent. Hydrobiologia 422-423: 319-330.

Goren, M. 2009. Saving critically endangered fish species – utopia or practical idea? The story of the Yarqon bleak- Acanthobrama telavivensis (Cyprinidae) as a test case. . Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 15(1): 1-12.

Goren, M. 2011. Re-introduction of the "Extinct in the Wild" Yarqon bleak- Acanthobrama telavivensis (Cyprinidae). In: Soorae, P.P. (ed.), Global re-introduction perspectives: Re-introduction case studies from around the globe, pp. 45-48. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group.

Goren Menachem. (2012). The Fall and Rise of the Yarqon Bleak. WAZA Magazine (World Association of Zoos and Aquaria) 13: 36-38.

Goren, M. (2014). Acanthobrama telavivensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 07 May 2015.

Goren, M. and Ortal, R. 1999. Biogeography, diversity and conservation of the inland water fish communities in Israel. Biological Conservation 89: 1-9.

Smith, Donal et al. (2023). Extinct in the wild: The precarious state of Earth’s most threatened group of species. Science 379(6634): eadd2889.


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