FISH AND CRABS OF THE RIVER LJUTA
The best represented fish variety in the River Ljuta is the Adriatic Dace (Squalius svalize), an endemic species living in the rivers of the Adriatic Basin. Its presence has been also noticed in the River Neretva and its tributaries as well in karst streams and rapids and crystal clear lakes.
The River Ljuta is also a home to the Konavle Minnow (Telestes miloradi), an endemic species which, in Croatia, can only be found in Konavle. For over a century it was considered extinct, but several specimens have been found, which have cheered on all lovers of biodiversity. However, its survival has been permanently endangered due to human activity. Once omnipresent in the River Ljuta, the population of the Priest’s Goby (Delminichthys ghetaldii) has dropped as well. It is strictly protected as an endemic species.
Coastal or White-Legged Crab (Austropotamobius pallipes) has found its habitat at the bottom of the River Ljuta. Today it is strictly protected, although it used to be fished in large quantities. Its population drastically dropped in the nineties for unknown reasons. The males are larger than the females, and can grow up to 14 cm.