Glyptothorax kurdistanicus (Berg, 1931)

Kordestan sucking catfish, Mesopotamian sucking catfish



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Glyptosternum kurdistanicum Berg, 1931


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2008 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Iran & Kurdistan


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Berg, L. (1931). Description of a new siluroid fish, Glyptosternum kurdistanicum from the basin of the Tigris River. Izvestiya Akad. Nauk SSSR 7: 1267-1270 (in English).


Other references:

Al-Daham, N. K., 1982: The ichthyofauna of Iraq and the Arab Gulf: a check-list. Publ. Basrah Nat. Hist. Mus. 4: 1-102.

Al-Nasiri, S. K.; Hoda, S. M. S., 1976: A guide to the freshwater fishes of Iraq, Vol. 1. Basrah Natural History Museum Publication, Basrah, xii + 124 pp.

Al-Rawi, A. H.; Al-Obaidi, S.; Jawdat, S. Z., 1978: A list of fishes collected from the Little Zab River in Iraq: 1. Bull. Biol. Res. Cent., Baghdad 10: 3-12.

Burgess, W. E. (1989). An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p.

Coad, B. W. 2010. Freshwater fishes of Iraq. Pensoft.

Coad, B.W. 2012. Freshwater Fishes of Iran. Available at:

Esmaeili, Hamid Reza et al. (2018). Checklist of freshwater fishes of Iran. FishTaxa 3(3): 1-95.

Jawad, L. A. et al. (2009). Glyptothorax kurdistanicus (Berg, 1931) (Pisces, Siluriformes, Sisoridae) in the lower reaches of the Tigris River, Iraq? J. Appl. Ichthyol. 25: 779-781.

Khalaf, K. T., 1961: The marine and freshwater fishes of Iraq. ArRabitta Press, Baghdad, 164 pp.

Mahdi, N.; Georg, P. V., 1969: A systematic list of the vertebrates of Iraq. Iraq Nat. Hist. Mus. Publ., Baghdad 26, 1–104.

Thompson, A. W.; Page, L. M., 2006: Genera of the Asian catfish families Sissoridae and Erthistidae (teleostei: Siluriformis). Zootaxa 1345: 1-961.


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