Saz Baligi

Saz Baligi
Saz Baligi
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Crossocheilus (disputed)
Species: C. klatti (disputed)
Binomial name
Crossocheilus klatti
(Kosswig, 1950)

Hemigrammocapoeta klatti (Kosswig, 1950) (but see text)
Tylognathus klatti Kosswig, 1950

The Saz Baligi is an enigmatic and possibly extinct ray-finned fish species in the family Cyprinidae. Some list it under its original scientific name Tylognathus klatti, but "Tylognathus" is nowadays recognized as a polyphyletic assemblage of Labeoninae (Labeonini of other authors) and other cyprinids. FishBase places the Saz Baligi in Crossocheilus, while others consider it a species of Hemigrammocapoeta and in some cases synonymous with H. kemali.

It is only known from the type, caught in Lake Eğirdir (Turkey) in the mid-20th century. It is not known whether it occurs elsewhere, and no such fishes have been found in recent surveys of the lake. Capoeta pestai, a small cyprinid endemic to Lake Eğirdir, is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, mainly due to predation by the introduced Zander (Sander lucioperca). Consequently, the Saz Baligi might be extinct. It might also occur elsewhere, however, or simply be a misidentified specimen of the Critically Endangered H. kemali which is found in Lake Akgöl and Gölcük as well as in Eregili Marsh[verification needed] in the same general region as Lake Eğirdir. The validity as a distinct species and the affiliations of the Saz Baligi need to be resolved before more any assumptions on its status can be made. It is therefore classified as Data Deficient by the IUCN.[1]


  1. ^ Crivelli


  • Crivelli, A.J. (2006). Tylognathus klatti. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 September 2009.