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Freshwater Fishes of Iraq
Freshwater Fishes of Iraq
by Brian Coad
Edition: 1st., 2010
The Contents of the Freshwater Fishes of Iran website are also given below in three formats. Some sections are incomplete but have been posted as is. They will be updated and queries resolved as time permits.
Apart from files not yet complete, distribution maps, some figures and habitat photographs are the main items to be added. A question mark may appear in the text appended to items that need to be checked by me. Numerous queries have led me to post incomplete material.
This work has been carried out over a period of over 30 years from my first arrival in Iran in January 1976. In that year, 7 articles were published strictly on Iranian fishes (3 on parasites, 1 on pesticides, 1 on fisheries, 1 describing the blind white fish and 1 a summary of the latter; 2 were in Farsi). In 2006, over 160 articles on Iranian fishes appeared, along with many relevant works from neighbouring countries, works on the aquatic environment in Iran and works on taxonomy and systematics relevant to Iran. The study of fishes is now a very active field within Iran and the Middle East. Accordingly, 2006 is the last year that this work was updated although some systematic and taxonomic studies may still be incorporated.
The first format is alphabetical by file name and provides a rapid means of locating items. Names in bold are the major entry points (folders; also listed above) to this web site, each leading to numerous contained files. Within the Species Accounts the content is by family except for speciose families where each genus (italicised) has a separate file. Thus some genera have a separate file entry here while other genera are only found through the family file (but see the third format for a list of all families and genera). Some families contain both resident freshwater species and others that are primarily marine but do enter fresh waters occasionally - these latter are contained in a separate file, called Marine List. Caspian Sea fishes are here treated as freshwater species.
The second format is laid out as in a book, with fish families for example, arranged in systematic order. Genera are not listed separately. Only the major folders have links.
The third format is a list of all families and all genera. While some genera in speciose families have a separate file as noted above, others are contained in the family file and the links access through it. The first list is of freshwater families, the second of marine species occasionally entering rivers of southern Iran that are not treated in full here but are summarised in the Marine List. The freshwater Species Accounts containing the families, genera and species comprise the bulk of the text of this web site. A full systematic arrangement of families, genera and species with a higher classification is given in the Checklists.
Marine species entering fresh water from the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman can be accessed through the Marine List. See Families and Genera below for a list of these marine taxa.
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