Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 327–335 | Cite as

Large African Barbs with Hypertrophied Lips and their Relationship with Generalized Forms of Species of the Genus Barbus (Labeobarbus auctorum)

  • A. N. MironovskyEmail author
  • M. V. Mina
  • Yu. Yu. Dgebuadze


Geographical variation in the large African barbs with hypertrophied lips (morphotype LIP) and in the individuals of the generalized form (GF) is studied in the water bodies of Ethiopia. The analysis of phenetic relationships for the samples of the Barbus intermedius complex and the species B. gananensis shows that, in the majority of cases, the samples of LIP are closer to the samples of GF from the same water body than to the samples of LIP from other localities. Thus, in the majority of localities (or in all localities), the morphotype LIP is most likely a derivative of the sympatric generalized form. The similarity of LIP individuals from different localities in lips structure and shapes of the dentary and premaxilla should be considered as a homoplasy.


Barbus intermedius complex B. gananensis morphotype LIP rubber-lip, thick-lip, skull proportions Ethiopian water bodies 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Mironovsky
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • M. V. Mina
    • 3
  • Yu. Yu. Dgebuadze
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of SciencesBorokRussia
  3. 3.Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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