Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Cypriniformes > Family: Cobitidae > Genus: Sabanejewia > Species: Sabanejewia aurata

Golden Loach - Sabanejewia aurata (Filippi, 1856)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Boreal - Favourable
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Mediterranean - Favourable
Pannonian - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Steppic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 165 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
Natura 2000 species code 1146


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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.


Least Concern


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

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
HUFH30004 Hungary Szigetköz Map
LV0200100 Latvia Gaujas nacionalais parks Map
LV0302100 Latvia Abavas senleja Map
SKCHVU011 Slovakia Laborecka vrchovina Map
SKCHVU015 Slovakia Medzibodrozie Map
BG0000503 Bulgaria Reka Lom Map
BG0000618 Bulgaria Vidima Map
BG0000578 Bulgaria Reka Maritsa Map
SKUEV0235 Slovakia Stretavka Map
BG0000289 Bulgaria Trilistnik Map
BG0000436 Bulgaria Reka Mechka Map
SKUEV0293 Slovakia Klucovske rameno Map
SKUEV0063 Slovakia Ublianka Map
PLH260004 Poland Ostoja Przedborska Map
HUDD20054 Hungary Nyugat-Dráva Map
BG0001013 Bulgaria Skrino Map
BG0000232 Bulgaria Batin Map
HUDI20034 Hungary Duna és ártere Map
BG0000616 Bulgaria Mikre Map
BG0001012 Bulgaria Zemen Map
BG0000533 Bulgaria Ostrovi Kozloduy Map
BG0000534 Bulgaria Ostrov Chayka Map
BG0000593 Bulgaria Bilernitsite Map
SKUEV0006 Slovakia Latorica Map
PLH180007 Poland Rzeka San Map
PLH020017 Poland Grądy w Dolinie Odry Map
HUHN20001 Hungary Felső-Tisza Map
BG0001036 Bulgaria Balgarski izvor Map
BG0000282 Bulgaria Dryanovska reka Map
BG0000194 Bulgaria Reka Chaya Map
BG0001014 Bulgaria Karlukovo Map
HUON20008 Hungary Rába és Csörnöc-völgy Map
BG0000377 Bulgaria Kalimok - Brashlen Map
SI3000192 Slovenia Radulja s pritoki Map
BG0000214 Bulgaria Dryanovski manastir Map
PLH180013 Poland Ostoja Góry Słonne Map
PLH100007 Poland Załęczański Łuk Warty Map
SI3000155 Slovenia Sora Škofja Loka - jez Goričane Map
BG0000443 Bulgaria Reka Omurovska Map
HUKM20016 Hungary Sebes-Körös Map
BG0000429 Bulgaria Reka Stryama Map
LTKLA0007 Lithuania Minijos upė Map
BG0001386 Bulgaria Yadenitsa Map
SKUEV0397 Slovakia Vah pri Zamarovciach Map
HUHN20004 Hungary Felső-Sebes-Körös Map
HUKM20012 Hungary Fekete-, Fehér- és Kettős-Körös Map
BG0000335 Bulgaria Karaboaz Map
BG0000133 Bulgaria Kamchiyska i Emenska planina Map
BG0000509 Bulgaria Tsibritsa Map
SKUEV0270 Slovakia Hrusov Map
BG0000199 Bulgaria Tsibar Map
BG0000613 Bulgaria Reka Iskar Map
HUAN20004 Hungary Hernád-völgy és Sajóládi-erdő Map
PLH140016 Poland Dolina Dolnej Pilicy Map
PLH180012 Poland Ostoja Przemyska Map
BG0000240 Bulgaria Studenets Map
BG0000500 Bulgaria Voynitsa Map
BG0000279 Bulgaria Stara reka Map
SKUEV0183 Slovakia Velkolelsky ostrov Map
HUAN20003 Hungary Bódva-völgy és a Sas-patak-völgye Map
HUON20018 Hungary Őrség Map
BG0001043 Bulgaria Etropole - Baylovo Map
BG0000532 Bulgaria Ostrov Bliznatsi Map
BG0000440 Bulgaria Reka Sokolitsa Map
BG0000181 Bulgaria Reka Vit Map
BG0000280 Bulgaria Zlatarishka reka Map
BG0000497 Bulgaria Archar Map
BG0001040 Bulgaria Zapadna Stara planina i Predbalkan Map
SKUEV0148 Slovakia Vlara Map
HUBN20071 Hungary Bodrogzug és Bodrog hullámtere Map
SKUEV0090 Slovakia Dunajske luhy Map
BG0000399 Bulgaria Bulgarka Map
HUAN20006 Hungary Sajó-völgy Map
SKUEV0233 Slovakia Sutok Udavy s Ilovnicou Map
BG0000425 Bulgaria Reka Sazliyka Map
BG0000117 Bulgaria Kotlenska planina Map
BG0000211 Bulgaria Tvardishka planina Map
HUBF20043 Hungary Mura mente Map
BG0000518 Bulgaria Vartopski dol Map
HUDI20026 Hungary Ipoly völgye Map
PLH020036 Poland Dolina Widawy Map
BG0000182 Bulgaria Orsoya Map
PLH260003 Poland Ostoja Nidziańska Map
SKUEV0393 Slovakia Dunaj Map
PLH140011 Poland Ostoja Nadbużańska Map
LTANYB001 Lithuania Šimonių giria Map
SI3000175 Slovenia Kolpa Map
BG0000334 Bulgaria Ostrov Map
BG0000517 Bulgaria Portitovtsi - Vladimirovo Map
HUBN20062 Hungary Középső-Ipoly-völgy Map
BG0000374 Bulgaria Bebresh Map
HUHN20008 Hungary Kismarja - Pocsaj - Esztári-gyepek Map
HUDD20056 Hungary Közép-Dráva Map
BG0000166 Bulgaria Vrachanski Balkan Map
SKUEV0182 Slovakia Cicovske luhy Map
BG0001037 Bulgaria Pastrina Map
BG0000614 Bulgaria Reka Ogosta Map
HUKM20008 Hungary Maros Map
SI3000068 Slovenia Voglajna pregrada Tratna - izliv v Savinjo Map
PLH100008 Poland Dolina Środkowej Pilicy Map
BG0000281 Bulgaria Reka Belitsa Map
SKUEV0314 Slovakia Morava Map
SI3000263 Slovenia Kočevsko Map
BG0000610 Bulgaria Reka Yantra Map
HUFH20011 Hungary Rába Map
HUBN20069 Hungary Kesznyéteni Sajó-öböl Map
HUBF20044 Hungary Kerka mente Map
HUBN20029 Hungary Girincsi Nagy-erdő Map
LV0507100 Latvia Ventas ieleja Map
SI3000075 Slovenia Lahinja Map
BG0001032 Bulgaria Rodopi - Iztochni Map
HUBN20081 Hungary Long-erdő Map
SKUEV0064 Slovakia Bratislavske luhy Map
SKUEV0232 Slovakia Laborec Map
BG0000313 Bulgaria Ruy Map
BG0001031 Bulgaria Rodopi - Sredni Map
LV0304500 Latvia Ogres ieleja Map
BG0000113 Bulgaria Vitosha Map
PLH020041 Poland Ostoja nad Baryczą Map
BG0001042 Bulgaria Iskarski prolom - Rzhana Map
BG0000525 Bulgaria Timok Map
BG0000340 Bulgaria Tsar Petrovo Map
BG0000336 Bulgaria Zlatia Map
HUKM20017 Hungary Hármas-Körös Map
BG0000498 Bulgaria Vidbol Map
BG0000442 Bulgaria Reka Martinka Map
CZ0723434 Czech Republic Vlára Map
BG0000529 Bulgaria Marten - Ryahovo Map
BG0000617 Bulgaria Reka Palakaria Map
BG0001493 Bulgaria Tsentralen Balkan - bufer Map
BG0000220 Bulgaria Dolna Mesta Map
PLH140032 Poland Ostoja Nadliwiecka Map
PLH300034 Poland Dolina Swędrni Map
PLH200021 Poland Ostoja w Dolinie Górnego Nurca Map
PLH080068 Poland Dolina Dolnego Bobru Map
PLH140029 Poland Kampinoska Dolina Wisły Map
PLH260018 Poland Dolina Górnej Pilicy Map
LTMAZ0010 Lithuania Ventos vidurupis Map
LTJOA0002 Lithuania Širvintos upė ir jos slėniai Map
SKUEV1293 Slovakia Klucovske rameno Map
SKUEV1182 Slovakia Číčovské luhy Map
SI3000303 Slovenia Sotla s pritoki Map
SI3000306 Slovenia Dravinja s pritoki Map
SI3000390 Slovenia Ložnica s Trnavo Map
SI3000338 Slovenia Krka s pritoki Map
SI3000291 Slovenia Ljubljanica - Gradaščica - Mali Graben Map
SKUEV0843 Slovakia Dolny tok Ondavy Map
SKUEV0833 Slovakia Sutok Kysuce s Bystricou Map
SKUEV0819 Slovakia Vazsky Dunaj Map
SKUEV0944 Slovakia Hornadske meandre Map
SKUEV2393 Slovakia Dunaj Map
SKUEV0824 Slovakia Dolny tok Ipla Map
SKUEV0841 Slovakia Dolny tok Tople Map
SKUEV0958 Slovakia Stredny tok Ipla Map
SKUEV0939 Slovakia Horny tok Ondavy Map
SKUEV0820 Slovakia Dolny tok Hrona Map
SKUEV0817 Slovakia Rimava a Slana Map
SKUEV0846 Slovakia Tisa Map
SKUEV0954 Slovakia Stredny tok Bodvy Map
SKUEV2064 Slovakia Bratislavske luhy Map
SKUEV2090 Slovakia Dunajske luhy Map
SKUEV0816 Slovakia Horny tok Ipla Map
SKUEV0936 Slovakia Horny tok Tople Map
SKUEV0822 Slovakia Maly Dunaj Map
SKUEV0895 Slovakia Stredny tok Laborca Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Golden Loach English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Golden spiny loach English Fishbase
Goldside Loach English Fishbase
Goldsteinbeißer German EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
koza zlotawa Polish Polish NRC
Kózka zlotawa Polish Fishbase
Loche dorée French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Shchypovka zolotistaya Russian Fishbase
Verdemã-italiana Portuguese Fishbase
Synonym Author
Acanthopsis aurata Filippi, 1865
Cobitis aurata Kessler, 1877
Cobitis aurata De Filippi, 1863

Other resources

Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
Wikipedia Wikipedia

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