Ichthyological Research

, 56:421 | Cite as

Phylogenetic position and generic status of the Japanese botiid loach

  • Katsutoshi Watanabe
  • Tsukasa Abe
  • Akihisa Iwata
Short Report


The phylogenetic position revealed by partial mtDNA sequence analysis supports the placement of the Japanese botiid loach into the genus Parabotia Dabry de Thiersant 1872 instead of Leptobotia Bleeker 1870; i.e., Parabotia curta (Temminck and Schlegel 1846) is its valid name.


Botiidae Phylogeny Parabotia curta Leptobotia Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 



We thank Akira Goto, Harumi Sakai, and Mikhail Nazarkin for providing Russian specimens, and Ryo Kakioka for help in DNA analysis. We also thank all individuals as well as national and local administrative officials who helped in this study. The collection of DNA tissue was conducted with permission from the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. This study was partly supported by the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Grants-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (nos. 204924, 18570086, and 19405011), and the Fisheries Research Agency of Japan. T.A. was supported by research fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for young scientists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katsutoshi Watanabe
    • 1
  • Tsukasa Abe
    • 2
  • Akihisa Iwata
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Biological Science, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversitySakyoJapan
  2. 2.Ushimado Marine Laboratory, Graduate School of Natural Science and TechnologyOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan
  3. 3.Division of Southeast Asian Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area StudiesKyoto UniversitySakyoJapan

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