Threatened fishes of the world: Paracobitis vignai Nalbant and Bianco, 1998 (Nemacheilidae)

Endemic species Sistan basin Conservation Iran.


  • Hamed Mousavi-Sabet Department of Fisheries Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Guilan, Someh Sara, Guilan, Iran.
  • Keyvan Abbasi Inland water Aquaculture Research Center, Iranian Fisheries Research Organization, Guilan, Iran.
  • Saber Vatandoust Department of Fisheries, Babol Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mazandaran, Iran.
  • Soheil Eagderi Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Alborz Province, Iran.
April 1, 2016


Paracobitis vignai is a Nemacheilid loach endemic to the Sistan basin. It occurs in Helmand River and its related reservoirs in Sistan-va-Baluchistan Province in southeastern Iran and probably in Afghanistan. This species is currently endangered due to habitat loss or degradation, damming and droughts. Therefore, this paper reviews the available data on taxonomy and distribution of P. vignai, provides its morphometric features, and recommends actions for its conservation.