Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Cypriniformes > Family: Cobitidae > Genus: Cobitis > Species: Cobitis elongata

Balkan Loach - Cobitis elongata Heckel & Kner, 1858

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Favourable
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 45 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 2533


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BG0000396 Bulgaria Persina Map
BG0000232 Bulgaria Batin Map
BG0000533 Bulgaria Ostrovi Kozloduy Map
BG0000534 Bulgaria Ostrov Chayka Map
BG0000241 Bulgaria Srebarna Map
BG0000377 Bulgaria Kalimok - Brashlen Map
SI3000192 Slovenia Radulja s pritoki Map
SI3000155 Slovenia Sora Škofja Loka - jez Goričane Map
ROSCI0031 Romania Cheile Nerei - Beușnița Map
BG0000335 Bulgaria Karaboaz Map
BG0000199 Bulgaria Tsibar Map
BG0000613 Bulgaria Reka Iskar Map
BG0000532 Bulgaria Ostrov Bliznatsi Map
BG0000608 Bulgaria Lomovete Map
BG0000181 Bulgaria Reka Vit Map
BG0000497 Bulgaria Archar Map
BG0000518 Bulgaria Vartopski dol Map
BG0000182 Bulgaria Orsoya Map
BG0002018 Bulgaria Ostrov Vardim Map
SI3000175 Slovenia Kolpa Map
BG0000334 Bulgaria Ostrov Map
BG0000614 Bulgaria Reka Ogosta Map
SI3000263 Slovenia Kočevsko Map
BG0000610 Bulgaria Reka Yantra Map
BG0000530 Bulgaria Pozharevo - Garvan Map
BG0000609 Bulgaria Reka Rositsa Map
SI3000059 Slovenia Mirna Map
BG0000525 Bulgaria Timok Map
BG0000336 Bulgaria Zlatia Map
BG0000498 Bulgaria Vidbol Map
BG0000529 Bulgaria Marten - Ryahovo Map
ROSCI0375 Romania Râul Nera între Bozovici și Moceriș Map
BG0000631 Bulgaria Novo selo Map
HR2001070 Croatia Sutla Map
HR2001311 Croatia Sava nizvodno od Hrušćice Map
HR2000642 Croatia Kupa Map
HR2000463 Croatia Dolina Une Map
HR2000459 Croatia Petrinjčica Map
SI3000303 Slovenia Sotla s pritoki Map
SI3000338 Slovenia Krka s pritoki Map
SI3000376 Slovenia Savinja Celje - Zidani most Map
SI3000291 Slovenia Ljubljanica - Gradaščica - Mali Graben Map
SI3000227 Slovenia Krka Map
HR2001506 Croatia Sava uzvodno od Zagreba Map
HR2001504 Croatia Gornji tok Korane Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Balkan Loach English Fishbase
Kózka wielka Polish Fishbase
Verdemã-dos-Balcans Portuguese Fishbase
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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