Systematic history and distribution areas of tarek (Alburnus tarichi (Güldenstädt, 1814))

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Şen F., Elp M., Atıcı A. A.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIFE AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES - ICOLES-2018, Kyrenıa, Cyprus (Kktc), 2 - 06 September 2018, vol.0, no.0, pp.15

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 0
  • City: Kyrenıa
  • Country: Cyprus (Kktc)
  • Page Numbers: pp.15
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to determine the distribution area of tarek (Alburnus tarichi (Güldenstädt,1814)) and to define how it must be called according to the scientific name by evaluating its previous studies made by various systematisers and their reports on its distribution, and by comparing literature knowledge. The taxonomic characteristics of the collected samples were evaluated and several measurements and counts were taken on the samples; analfin origin 0-4 scales behind dorsal fin-base; 72-91 lateral line scales; 21-29 gill rakers; 7½-10 branched dorsal-fin rays and 10-12½ branched anal-fin rays. Body and caudal peduncle was moderately compressed. Body was covered by overlapping scales. Lateral line was complete, reaching caudal fin base. Pharyngeal teeth arein two rows, 2.5-5.2. Body colour is metallic grey, back darker, ventral whitish. Tarek has five different populations in the Basin. They are Lakes Van, Erçek, Nazik and Aygır, and Koçköprü Dam Lake populations. The main living area of the tarek population is Lake Van; however, between May and June, mature individuals of tarek enter to tributaries of Lake Van. Some of them are Karasu, Bendimahi, Deliçay, Zilan, Karmuç, Sapur, Yanıkçay, Gevaş, Engil, Kurubaş and Akköprü streams. At the end of study, it was concluded that tarek should be called as Alburnus tarichi (Güldenstädt, 1814) and it is an endemic fish species distributed only in Lake Van Basin.