Male Aphanius meridionalis from Sögüt
This species is often treated as a synonym of A. anatolicus, but molecular data strongly suggest that it represent a valid species. Aphanius meridionalis is immediately distinguished from A. anatoliae by the narrow black bars, which are narrower than the interspaces (vs. wider than interspaces in A. anatoliae). From the often lumped species A. iconii and A. maeandricus, it is easy distinguished by the narrow bars also and by having a completely black dorsal without a white band (vs. present). Interestingly, A. meridionalis is so distantly related to A. anatoliae, that hybrids of both are partly sterile. In late 2012, I received two males and one female of this beautiful species from a captive stock. They originate from the spring Kasapınar which is situated close to the village Mursal, close to Elmalı in Western Anatolia. In 2013 I breed only few young of this nice species, which - to my surprise - were all females. About 10 of these young females were added to the trio in 2014 and the group was very prolific. Meanwhile I have many offspring which grow very well and first young could be given to other hobbyists. The broodstock has already reached saturation and 15 pairs inhabit a 600 Liter tank since April 2015.