Taxonomic status of the genus Cobitis (Teleostei: Cobitidae) in the Namak Lake basin, Iran

Soheil EAGDERI, Arash JOULADEH-ROUDBAR, Manoochehr NASRI, Golnaz SAYYADZADEH, Hamid Reza ESMAEILI

Abstract

This study was aimed to report the presence of the genus Cobitis in the Karaj River, Namak Lake basin, Iran and clarify its taxonomic status by providing morphological characteristics, mtDNA COI barcode region and its phylogenetic relationship within the members of the genus Cobitis in Iran. The results revealed that morphometric, meristic and molecular (COI) characters of these specimen are largely overlapping or even identical with those of C. faridpaki. Therefore, we conclude that they are a population belonging to C. faridpaki.

Keywords

Taxonomy, Morphology, COI, Spined loach, Distribution.

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