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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4838 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/zootaxa.4838.4.6
  • 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.525-534
  • Keywords: Freshwater fish, Taxonomy, Cytochrome oxidase I, Turkey, CRESTED LOACH, SUBSTITUTIONS, IRAN, DNA
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


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.