Rutilus heckelii

Taran (R. heckelii) caught near the Bugaz Split, Town of Zatoka, SW Ukraine
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Rutilus
Species: R. heckelii
Binomial name
Rutilus heckelii
(Nordmann, 1840)
  • Leuciscus heckelii Nordmann, 1840
  • Rutilus rutilus heckelii (Nordmann, 1840)

Rutilus heckelii, also called taran,[1][2] is a species of roach, a genus in the family Cyprinidae. It is native to the Black Sea basin: rivers Don, Kuban, Dnieper, Dniester, and rarely Danube.[3] It has commercial importance. The species is very abundant especially in the Azov Sea basin. It lives in brackish and fresh waters.[4]

The taxonomic status of this fish has been controversial. It has been considered to be the same species as the common roach R. rutilus.[5] However, molecular data have supported its distinct species status.[4]


  1. Kottelat, M. and J. Freyhof, 2007. Handbook of European freshwater fishes. Publications Kottelat, Cornol, Switzerland. 646 p.
  2. Taran (Rutilus heckelii) at EOL
  3. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Rutilus heckelii" in FishBase. September 2012 version.
  4. 1 2 Freyhof, J. (2011). "Rutilus heckelii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved December 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. WoRMS. "Rutilus heckelii (Nordmann, 1840)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved December 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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