The Southern Barbel is a smaller fish, which grows to a length of about 30 cm. This also lives close to the river bed amongst strong, clean currents. The large spine in the dorsal fin is smooth- edged, the anal-fin is high and when depressed it touches the tail-fin base.
It is confined to certain areas in the northern part of the Iberian peninsula (which is also inhabited by its subspecies B. meridionalis graellsi), southern France, northern Italy, Albania and Greece. Another subspecies B. meridionalis petenyi lives in the rivers Oder, Vistula, Danube, Dniester, Vardar, Strymon and Maritsa.
Maximunz size and weight: 30 cm, 500 g.
Identifying characteristics: Long spine in dorsal fin smooth. High anal fin reaches tail fin when depressed.
About normal Barbel Barbus (barbus)