Inland Water Biology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 32–41 | Cite as

A New Species of Algae Eaters Capoeta kaput sp. nov. (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) from Transcaucasia

  • B. A. LevinEmail author
  • A. M. Prokofiev
  • H. R. Roubenyan


A new species of Capoeta is described from the Araxes River basin in Armenia based on morphological characters and mtDNA COI sequences. Capoeta kaput sp. n. can be distinguished by a combination of the following characters: usually 9 branched rays in the dorsal fin, shape of the denticles on the last unbranched ray of the dorsal fin, shape of the pharyngeal bones and the masticatory plate of the basioccipital, the body and skull proportions. Capoeta kaput sp. n. is well identified by the sequences of COI barcoding fragment.


сyprinid fishes new species Capoeta taxonomy DNA-barcoding 



We are deeply appreciate to O. Artaev, Sh. Bazaryan, B. Gabrielyan, A. Kozhara, M. Martirosyan, M. Matvejev, T. Roubenyan, V. Salnikov, E. Simonov, and M. Voskanov for their help in sampling. We are also thankful to О. Artaev for preparing of some photographs. We are indebted to reviewer for valuable comments on manuscript. Study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant no. 15-14-10020 – sampling in 2015–2017 and molecular analyses) as well as the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant no. 18-54-05003 – sampling in 2018).


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have 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

  • B. A. Levin
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. M. Prokofiev
    • 3
  • H. R. Roubenyan
    • 4
  1. 1.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of SciencesBorokRussia
  2. 2.Cherepovets State UniversityCherepovetsRussia
  3. 3.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Republic of ArmeniaYerevanArmenia

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