The history of Salaria fluviatilis in Cyprus

Chris Englezou Conservation, Fish History Leave a Comment

Roland L. N. Michell was a British National who lived on the island of Cyprus periodically in the early 1900’s, he was not an ichthyologist nor was he a naturalist, his interest was mainly in ethnography but yet he must have been somewhat enamoured with the wildlife of Cyprus because not only did he collect the first examples ever recorded in Cyprus of Salaria fluviatilis, the freshwater ‘Blenny’, he also seems to have been the only person to ever have done so, and it took him 4-5 years before he succeeded! Michell collected his specimens from less than a handful …

Biodiversity of the Kryos River, Cyprus

Chris Englezou Biotope, Conservation Leave a Comment

It was 05, 08, 2012 and the first location was the Kouris Dam which is situated at approximately 250m above sea level near to the village of Ypsonas; it is fed by the rivers, Limnatis and Kryos which were of particular interest. Water leaves the dam via the Kouris river. During this trip we had set out to first explore the river ‘Kryos’ which in Greek language translates into ”Cold’ although the temperature of the water there was a reasonable 27.9°C in most places. On the way to the Kryos river, we passed the immense Kouris dam itself and the …