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 - Unknown
Continental - Poor
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 33 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 2013-2018 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
BG0000503 Bulgaria Reka Lom Map
BG0000618 Bulgaria Vidima Map
BG0001036 Bulgaria Balgarski izvor Map
SI3000192 Slovenia Radulja s pritoki Map
SI3000155 Slovenia Sora Škofja Loka - jez Goričane Map
ROSCI0031 Romania Cheile Nerei - Beușnița Map
BG0000613 Bulgaria Reka Iskar Map
BG0000240 Bulgaria Studenets Map
BG0000608 Bulgaria Lomovete Map
BG0000181 Bulgaria Reka Vit Map
BG0000275 Bulgaria Yazovir Stamboliyski Map
BG0000518 Bulgaria Vartopski dol Map
SI3000175 Slovenia Kolpa Map
BG0000614 Bulgaria Reka Ogosta Map
SI3000263 Slovenia Kočevsko Map
BG0000610 Bulgaria Reka Yantra Map
BG0000609 Bulgaria Reka Rositsa Map
SI3000059 Slovenia Mirna Map
BG0000525 Bulgaria Timok Map
BG0000336 Bulgaria Zlatia Map
BG0000498 Bulgaria Vidbol Map
ROSCI0375 Romania Râul Nera între Bozovici și Moceriș 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
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
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ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
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External data

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

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Released Coverage Envelope File
2014-01-04 Romania RO Art.17 2007-2012 Report from 31 December 2013 RO_species_reports.xml
2013-12-27 Bulgaria BG_habitats_report_2007-2012 Species reports
2013-12-16 Slovenia SI_Article_17_Report_2013_2nd_submission SI_species_reports-131216-13555.xml
2008-03-21 Slovenia Article 17 Report Cobitis elongata
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