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Taxonomic review of the genus Capoeta Valenciennes, 1842 (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae) from central Iran with the description of a new species

  • Arash Jouladeh-Roudbar
  • Soheil Eagderi
  • Hamid Ghanavi
  • Ignacio Doadrio
Publishing year: 2016-12-20
Language: English
Pages: 166-175
Publication/Series: FishTaxa
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article

Abstract english

The genus Capoeta in Iran is highly diversified with 14 species and is one of the most important freshwater fauna components of the country. Central Iran is a region with high number of endemism in other freshwater fish species, though the present species was recognized as C. aculeata (Valenciennes, 1844), widely distributed within Kavir and Namak basins. However previous phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies found that populations of Nam River, a tributary of the Hableh River in central Iran are different from the other species. In this study, the mentioned population is described as a new species based on morphologic and genetic characters.


  • Zoology
  • Inland freshwater of Iran
  • Nam River
  • Capoeta
  • Algae-scraping cyprinid


  • ISSN: 2458-942X
Hamid Ghanavi
E-mail: hamid [dot] ghanavi [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student



Research group

Systematic Biology Group




Main supervisor

Niklas Wahlberg

Assistant supervisor

Honor Prentice