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Published: 2023-06-28
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Two new freshwater blennies from the Eastern Mediterranean basin (Teleostei: Blenniidae)

Hacettepe University; Faculty of Science; Biology Department; 06800 Ankara; Türkiye
Recep Tayyip Erdogan University; Faculty of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; 53100 Rize; Türkiye
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture; 06800; Ankara; Türkiye
Hacettepe University; Faculty of Science; Biology Department; 06800 Ankara; Türkiye
Museum für Naturkunde; Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science; 10115 Berlin; Germany
Pisces COI barcode region Ceyhan drainage Seyhan drainage Molecular distance


Two new species of Salariopsis are described from the Eastern Mediterranean basin. Salariopsis burcuae, new species, from the Bay of Antalya east to the Jordan, is characterised by having a short cirrus, usually not overlapping the 9th circum-orbital sensory pore, and many tiny black dots on the cheek not organised in rows or bands. The new species shows a 4.1% K2P sequence divergence on the cytochrome-c-oxidase subunit 1 (COI) barcoding region from its closest relative, S. fluviatilis. Salariopsis renatorum, new species, from the upper Ceyhan drainage and a coastal stream in Arsuz, is distinguished by having an unbranched supraocular tentacle, black lateral line pores, a short snout, and no black dots on the upper part of the flank and on the cheek. It is also distinguished from its geographically closest congener, S. burcuae, by a molecular distance of 8.8% K2P in its COI barcode region.



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