Alburnus magnificus, a new species of bleak from the Orontes River drainage (Teleostei: Leuciscidae)

FREYHOF J., Turan D.

ZOOTAXA, vol.4559, no.2, pp.373-383, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4559 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/zootaxa.4559.2.10
  • Journal Name: ZOOTAXA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.373-383
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Alburnus magnificus, new species, is described from the northern Orontes River drainage in the eastern Mediterranean Sea basin. It is most similar and closely-related to A. qalilus from coastal rivers in Syria south of the Orontes. Alburnus magnificus is distinguished from A. qalilus by having the anal-fin origin below or behind the vertical through the last dorsal-fin ray, 4-5 scale rows between the lateral line and the anal-fin origin, and a flank pattern of bold black, grey or brown scales on a silvery or brown background. The two species are also distinguished by a minimum K2P distance of 1.8% in their COI sequence data.