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Nature Conservation
Fishes - European mudminnow

Catalogue Number:  157
Stamp Design:  Dušan Kállay
Stamp Engraving:  Josef Herčík
Date of Issue:  September 7, 1998
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with offset
Print Run:  147,200
FDC Design:  Dušan Kállay
FDC Engraving:  Josef Herčík
Cancellation Design:  Dušan Kállay
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

European mudminnow is the only European representative of the family Umbridae. It is small fish with the maximum size 90 mm, rarely 130 mm. It inhabits shallow, stagnant, or slightly flowing overgrown waters. It can breath the atmospheric oxygen using its swim bladder. In inhabits just a few waters in the Danube river basin, from Vienna to the mounth, and the lower parts of the rivers Dnestr and Prut. It is an European endemit.

Although in the past, the European mudminnow used to be very abundant in Slovakia. At present it is very scarce. In Slovakia, it occured in side arms of the rivers Laborec and Bodrog (East Slovakia), at Záhorie, and the large Danube island. The localities at Záhorie create the northern and western boundaries of its area of distribution. It is protected by law.

FDC: Northern pike.
Stamp: Mud loach.

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