Friday 4 September 2020

NOVATAXA: Paracobitis salihae • The Westernmost known Population of Paracobitis

 [Ichthyology • 2020] Paracobitis salihae • The Westernmost known Population of Paracobitis (Teleostei, Nemacheilidae), with the Description of A New Species from the Euphrates River in southern Anatolia

Paracobitis salihae 
 Kaya, Turann, Kalayci, Bayçelebi & Freyhof, 2020

Paracobitis salihae, new species, from the Göksu River in the western upper Euphrates drainage, is distinguished from other Paracobitis species by possessing a truncate caudal-fin, and a dark-brown vermiculate or marbled colour pattern. It is also characterised by 19 variable nucleotide substitutions, three diagnostic nucleotides and 3.6% minimum K2P distance compared to geographically adjacent and related P. zabgawraensis. Paracobitis salihae might be Critically Endangered and is threatened by dam constructions.

Keywords: Pisces, Freshwater fish, Taxonomy, Cytochrome oxidase I, Turkey

 Paracobitis salihae, FFR 3657, holotype, 66 mm SL; Turkey: Göksu River.

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