Morphometric Variations Among Three Populations of Alburnus zagrosensis (Coad, 2009) in the Zagros Mountain Basin, Iran

  • Seyed Aliakbar Hedayati
  • Hamed Ghafari Farsani
  • Mohammad Hasan GeramiEmail author
  • Ronald Fricke
Research Article


In the present study, the morphometric differentiation among three populations of Alburnus zagrosensis (Coad, 1) in Zagros mountains basin is analyzed. Fish specimens were sampled from three habitats namely Cheshme Ali, Hamze Ali and Choghakhour wetland in Chaharmahal Va Bakhtiari Province, Iran. ANOSIM (Analysis of Similarity), SIMPER (Similarity percentage analysis) and Canonical discriminant analysis were employed in order to define the morphological features responsible for population discrimination. Ten morphometric variables were measured. An Analysis of the sampling sites suggested a partial separation among three populations. The SIMPER analysis revealed that the total length and the head length were the main features that differed among populations. In conclusion, geographical isolation is suggested to be the main explanation for the morphological differences among A. zagrosensis specimens from different stations.


Morphometric variables Alburnus zagrosensis Stock identification Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 



The authors are grateful to the Gorgan University of Agricultural and Natural Resource University for financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyed Aliakbar Hedayati
    • 1
  • Hamed Ghafari Farsani
    • 2
  • Mohammad Hasan Gerami
    • 3
    Email author
  • Ronald Fricke
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Fisheries and EnvironmentGorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesGorganIran
  2. 2.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Shahrekord BranchIslamic Azad UniversityShahrekordIran
  3. 3.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Shiraz BranchIslamic Azad UniversityShirazIran
  4. 4.Lauda-KönigshofenGermany
  5. 5.Department of ZoologyStaatliches Museum für Naturkunde StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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