Aphanius iberus

Author: Valenciennes, 1846

Aphanius iberus Valenciennes, 1846

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Aphanius iberus (Valenciennes, 1846) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: D 9 10 (11), A 9-10. Scales in longitudinal series (23) 25-28. Colour: male bluish, with 10-15 dark bands alternating with silvery lines; caudal fin with 2-5 dark bands; female with 3-4 series of lateral spots, caudal fin with 1-2 bands, often indistinct. Size: 5 cm (males smaller).

Habitat: lagoons, freshwater canals and pools with abundant vegetation. Food: mainly small invertebrates. Reproduction: April-August.

Distribution: southern and eastern Spain; western Algeria.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. De Buen, 1930c: 512, fig. 70-71.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.