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Capoeta trutta

Capoeta trutta, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Superregnum : Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Cypriniformes
Superfamilia: Cyprinoidea

Familia: Cyprinidae
Subfamilia: Cyprininae
Tribus: Barbini
Genus: Capoeta
Species: Capoeta trutta

Capoeta trutta (Heckel, 1843)

Syntypes: NMW 55926 (1), 55928 (2), 55935-37 (2, 2, 1), 55939-42 (4, 1, 3, 1); ?RMNH 3164 [ex NMW] (1) Aleppo; SMF 923 [ex NMW in 1843] (1), 2567 [ex NMW in 1844] (1); ZMB 8789 (1, dry)

Type locality: Aleppo, Syria; Tigris River, Mosul, Iraq.

Etymology: referring to resemblance of its small scales and x-shaped spots to those of the Brown Trout, Salmo trutta. (From The ETYFish project)

Scaphiodon trutta Heckel, 1843
Varicorhinus capoetoides Pellegrin, 1938


Heckel, J.J., 1843: Ichthyologie [von Syrien]. In: Russegger, J. von: Reisen in Europa, Asien und Africa, mit besonderer Rücksicht auf die naturwissenschaftlichen Verhältnisse der betreffenden Länder unternommen in den Jahren 1835 bis 1841, etc. E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart 1(2): 990–1099. Reference page.
Zareian, H., Esmaeili, H.R., Heidari, A., Khoshkholgh, M. & Mousavi-Sabet, H. 2016. Contribution to the molecular systematics of the genus Capoeta from the south Caspian Sea basin using mitochondrial cytochrome b sequences (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Molecular Biology Research Communications 5(2): 65–75. PDF.Reference page.


Capoeta trutta in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2022. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.
Capoeta trutta in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 08/2021.

Capoeta trutta, the longspine scraper, is a species cyprinid fish from the Middle East. It is known from inland waters in Iran, Iraq, Syria Armenia and Turkey, and is often quite abundant.[1]

It spawns in running waters, but inhabits in other times also many other habitats including reservoirs and marshes. Most commonly it is found in slowly running lowland rivers.[1]

Capoeta trutta is commonly used as a food fish.[1] It may grow up to 48 cm length.[2]

Capoeta trutta IUCN Red List, 2014
Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2015). "Capoeta trutta" in FishBase. April 2015 version.

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