Iridescent toothcarp

The iridescent toothcarp (Aphanius mento) is a species of killifish. It can be found in Western Asia (Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey).[1][2] It occurs in a wide range of freshwater habitats (springs, streams, lakes and rivers).[1] It grows to 5 cm (2.0 in) total length.[2] This species was described in 1843 as Lebias mento by Johann Jakob Heckel with the type locality given as Mosul in Iraq.[3]

Iridescent toothcarp
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Cyprinodontidae
Genus: Aphanius
A. mento
Binomial name
Aphanius mento
(Heckel, 1843)
  • Lebias mento Heckel, 1843
  • Cyprinodon mento (Heckel, 1843)
  • Lebias cypris Heckel, 1843
  • Aphanius cypris (Heckel, 1843)
  • Cyprinodon cypris (Heckel, 1843)
  • Aphanius orontis Akşiray, 1948
  • Aphanius boulengeri Akşiray, 1948
  • Aphanius alexandri Akşiray, 1948
  • Aphanius mentoides Akşiray, 1948
  • Aphanius similis Akşiray, 1948
  • Aphanius guentheri Özarslan, 1958
  • Aphanius striptus Goren, 1974


  1. ^ a b c Freyhof, J. (2014). "Aphanius mento". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T19513556A19849142. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T19513556A19849142.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2018). "Aphanius mento" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Lebias mento". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 1 October 2019.