Tag Archives: Cichlidae

Tristramella sacra (Günther)

Long Jaw Tristramella (Tristramella sacra)

The Long Jaw Tristramella was endemic to the so-called Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias, a small freshwater lake in northern Israel.

The species reproduced by spawning in the marshy northern part of the lake; this part of the lake, however, dried out repeatedly during the 1990s, resulting in the disappearance of this fish species.

The Long Jaw Tristramella is now extinct.


Depiction from: Louis Charles Émile Lortet: Poissons et Reptiles du lac de Tibériade et de quelques autres parties de la Syrie. Lyon 1883

(public domain)


edited: 07.05.2021

Tristramella simonis ssp. intermedia Steinitz & Ben-Tuvia

Lake Hula Tristramella (Tristramella simonis ssp. intermedia)

This subspecies of the Short Jaw Tristramella (Tristramella simonis (Günther)) was endemic to the Lake Hula (or Huleh) in Israel.

The species died out when the lake was drained in the 1950s for agricultural purposes. 


edited: 07.05.2021