Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 283–295 | Cite as

Comments on the Mond Scraper, Capoeta mandica (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): Re-Description, Molecular Systematics and Distribution Modeling

  • H. Zareian
  • H. R. EsmaeiliEmail author
  • A. Gholamhosseini
  • N. Alwan
  • B. W. Coad


Capoeta mandica was originally described as C. barroisi mandica from Mond River, Persian Gulf basin, based on morphological characters and later was considered as a distinct species based on a few small specimens. However, there is still controversial debate about its systematic position and morphological characters. To resolve the issue, new collected specimens from Iranian drainage basins examined morphologically and molecularly. Results revealed that C. mandica is a distinct taxon in the Capoeta trutta group. This taxon confirms the zoogeographical separation of the Persis basin (southern Iran) by the rise in post-Pleistocene sea level, isolating rivers from the Tigris-Euphrates and western basins.


Cyprinidae Capoeta phylogeny mtDNA Persis basin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Zareian
    • 1
  • H. R. Esmaeili
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. Gholamhosseini
    • 1
  • N. Alwan
    • 3
    • 4
  • B. W. Coad
    • 5
  1. 1.Ichthyology and Molecular Systematics Lab., Department of Biology, College of SciencesShiraz UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology and GeobiologyLudwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.School of Health SciencesModern University for Business and ScienceBeirutLebanon
  4. 4.Senckenberg Research Institute and Museum of NatureFrankfurtGermany
  5. 5.Canadian Museum of NatureOttawaCanada

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