Apricaphanius saourensis (Blanco, Hrbek & Doadrio, 2006)

Sahara aphanius



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Aphanius saourensis Blanco, Hrbek & Doadrio, 2006


Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild

Last record: 2003 (Freyhof & Ford, 2022) or 2004 (Bacha et al., 2014)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct in the Wild)



Oued Saoura Basin, Sahara desert, Algeria


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Blanco, J. L., Hrbek, T. and Doadrio, I. (2006). A new species of the genus Aphanius (Nardo, 1832) (Actinopterygii, Cyprinodontidae) from Algeria. Zootaxa, 1158: 39-53.

Other references:

Azeroual, A. (2010). Aphanius saourensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 19 April 2014.

Bacha, Mahmoud, Benamirouche, Chabane and Freyhof, Jörg. (2014). Critically Endangered freshwater fish species of North Africa likely to be extinct in the wild. Saving Freshwater Fishes and Habitats. Newsletter of the IUCN SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group 4: 29.

Esmaeili, H. R., Teimori, A., Zarei, F., Sayyadzadeh, G. (2020). DNA barcoding and species delimitation of the Old World tooth-carps, family Aphaniidae Hoedeman, 1949 (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes). PLoS ONE 15(4): e0231717.

Freyhof, J. and Yoğurtçuoğlu, B. (2020). A proposal for a new generic structure of the killifish family Aphaniidae, with the description of Aphaniops teimorii (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes). Zootaxa 4810(3): 421-451.

García, N., Cuttelod, A. and Abdul Malak, D. (2010). The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Northern Africa. Gland, Switzerland, Cambridge, UK, and Malaga, Spain : IUCN, xiii+141pp.


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