Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Salariinae
Etymology: Salaria: Latin, salar, salaris = trout (Ref. 45335); atlantica: The species name atlantica has been selected because its range covers the Sebou River basin in Morocco that drains into the Atlantic slope (Ref. 89850).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Subtropical, preferred ?
Africa: Ouerrha River, Sebou River basin in Morocco (Ref. 89850).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89850)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 12 - 13;
soft rays: 16 - 17;
Vertebrae: 34. Diagnosis: Salaria atlantica differs from other known species of Salaria by the following combination of characters: head without diagonal rows of black dots on the cheeks running backwards and downwards from the lower edge of the eye as in S. economidisi and S. fluviatilis; number of teeth 13-15 on upper jaw and 14-16 on lower; supra-temporal canal with 3 cephalic pores; pre-opercular canal with 7-9 cephalic pores; circum-orbital canal with 8-9 cephalic pores (Ref. 89850). Supra-ocular tentacle thick and simple; 16-17 branched rays in the anal fin vs. 16-19 in both S. fluviatilis and S. economidisi; short pre-orbital distance; short anterior region (spiny) of the dorsal fin; 34 vertebrae (Ref. 89850).
Adults are found in streams with shallow and running waters and stony substrata (Ref. 89850). Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114).
The singularity of this species, as one of the two known Atlantic populations within the freshwater representatives of the genus Salaria, and the fact that it is restricted to a single basin, confers to Salaria atlantica the need of effective protection; for this reason it is considered that this species should be included in the IUCN category Endangered (EN), based on IUCN criteria (Ref. 89850).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
Doadrio, I., S. Perea and A. Yahyaoui, 2011. Morphological and molecular analyses of freshwater blennids: A new species of the genus Salaria Forsskål, 1775 (Actinopterygii, Blenniidae) in Morocco. Graellsia 67(2):151-173. (Ref. 89850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00450 - 0.02327), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .