The westernmost known population of Paracobitis (Teleostei, Nemacheilidae), with the description of a new species from the Euphrates River in southern Anatolia

Zootaxa. 2020 Aug 28;4838(4):zootaxa.4838.4.6. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4838.4.6.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Color
  • Cypriniformes*
  • Rivers