Volume 46 - Issue 4 - 593 - 599

Cobitis fusunae, A New Spined Loach Species (Teleostei: Cobitidae) from the Sultan Marsh, (Kayseri, Turkey)

Sultan Sazlığından (Kayseri, Türkiye) Yeni Bir Balık Türü, Cobitis fusunae, (Teleostei: Cobitidae)

Cobitis fusunae is a new species described from the Sultan Marshes, Kayseri Province, Turkey. This species differs from the congener species of Central Anatolian basins by the combination of the following characters (none unique to the species): No black spot on caudal-fin base, having Z4 with dark-black stripe, pigmentation below Z4, merged Z1-Z3 postdorsally, 12-18 small mid dorsal blotches and one lamina circularis in males, two fixed, diagnostic nucleotide substitutions in the mtDNA COI barcode region, and a minimum K2P genetic distance of 5.4%.

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