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

Kaya C. , Turan D. , Kalayci G. , Baycelebi E. , Freyhof J.

ZOOTAXA, vol.4838, no.4, pp.525-534, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4838 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/zootaxa.4838.4.6
  • Title of Journal : ZOOTAXA
  • Page Numbers: pp.525-534
  • Keywords: Freshwater fish, Taxonomy, Cytochrome oxidase I, Turkey, CRESTED LOACH, SUBSTITUTIONS, IRAN, DNA


Paracobitis salihae, new species, from the Goksu 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 R zabgawraensis. Paracobitis salihae might be Critically Endangered and is threatened by darn constructions.