Garra orontesi, a new species from the Orontes River drainage (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

Bayçelebi E., Kaya C., Turan D., Freyhof J.

ZOOTAXA, no.4952, pp.169-180, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/zootaxa.4952.1.10
  • Journal Name: ZOOTAXA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-180
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Garra orontesi, new species, is described from the Orontes River drainage in the eastern Mediterranean Sea basin in

Turkey and Syria. It is distinguished from its congeners in the Mediterranean Sea basin and adjacent Mesopotamia by

possessing 17–21 gill rakers on the lower part of the first gill arch, the pelvic-fin origin usually below the second branched

dorsal-fin ray, 8½ branched dorsal-fin rays, usually 2–3 scales between the tip of the pectoral and pelvic-fin origins, and

no tubercles behind the upper posterior eye margin. It is also distinguished by a minimum K2P distance of 2.7% in its COI

barcode region against G. rufa, and 3.9% against the geographically adjacent G. turcica