Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 385–392 | Cite as

Molecular Phylogeny of Gobies (Teleostei, Gobiidae) from Iranian Water Bodies with a New Record

  • Mehdi GhanbarifardiEmail author
  • Milad Lagzian


The members of the family Gobiidae are usually small, secretive and are often overlooked in scientific studies of coastal marine communities. This family comprises the subfamilies of Sicydiinae, Gobionellinae, Oxudercinae, Amblyopinae, and Gobiinae. The Oxudercinae, Amblyopinae, and Gobiinae inhabit intertidal and subtidal zones of southern Iran. Stonogobiops nematodes has been identified in the study area for the first time. This research presents molecular reconstructions of seven goby species from the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Makran, using the nuclear Rag1 and Rhodopsin genes. The phylogeny combines sequences of 51 species from GenBank with those of the new species. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian analysis were used to determine that the monophyly of the Oxudercinae and Amblyopinae, as suggested by previous morphological studies, cannot be supported by the present and other molecular studies. The subfamily Gobiinae contains Gobiopsis and Cryptocentrus lineages. Close phylogenetic relationships between Istigobius and Exyrias, and Stonogobiops and Cryptocentrus are verified by morphological and molecular examination. The present molecular reconstruction uses gobies from southern Iranian waters to present more precise phylogenetic relationships among the Gobiidae than have been presented in previous studies.


Oxudercinae Amblyopinae Gobiinae nuclear markers Iran 



We would like to express our sincere thanks to the University of Sistan and Baluchestan for financial support. We are indebted to Abdulwahed Pehpuri, Saeed Yaghfoori, Yaser Tariz, and Soroosh Puyan for their help during field surveys in Iran. Dr. Mohsen Armesh has kindly helped us with preparing the map for Fig. 1.


This work was supported by the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology (project no. 95-17234).


Conflict of interests. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Sistan and BaluchestanZahedanIran

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