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Fish fauna

26 fish species have been identified in the water habitats  of the Eastern Rhodopes. Four small species of the carp family are endemic in the Balkan Peninsula: Chondrostoma  vardarense, Vimba melanops , Barbus cyclolepis and Sabanejewia balcanica (Balkan Spined Loach). Very special, because only occurring in the Eastern Rhodopes - in the waters of Byala Reka river -  is Cobitis rhodopensis (Rhodopean spiny loach).

In the waters of the dam lakes in the Eastern Rhodopes occur the huge Wels Catfish, Pumpkinseed, Zander and several carp species and in the rivers occur Gobio gobio and several Cobitidae and Gobiidae species.

Birds in Eastern Rhodopes

Eastern Rhodopes are one of the richest, in terms of ornithological highlights in Europe. Because of its location on the edge of the European...

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Madzharovo is a small Eastern Rhodopean town with approximately 500 inhabitants. The town is named after its protector from 1913 - Dimitar...

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