New report of Capoeta damascina (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from aqueducts and springs in Kerman province, Iran

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New report of Capoeta damascina (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from aqueducts and springs in Kerman province, Iran

Majid Askari Hesni, Mohadeseh Sadat Tahami, Banafsheh Parsi, Somaye Zangiabadi, Aref Gholami
J. Bio. Env. Sci.4( 3), 196-201, March 2014.
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This study investigated fish fauna identification of Zarand and Kouhbanan in Kerman province to reveale the range extension of Capoeta damascina, Siahmahi, in northwest of Kerman basin aqueducts and springs. In this study totally 39 sites in Zarand and Kouhbanan were investigated based on having or not having fish species. Sampling was carried out in most sites and 56 specimens were studied morphologically. Results showed that captured specimens have represented 8-9 branched fin rays, the last dorsal unbranched fin ray, which was clearly thickened and serrated, number of gill rakers 10-15 and Lateral line scales 60-76. By comparing given data and other morphological body patterns with present references, we convinced that these samples belong to Capoeta damascina (Valenciennes, 1842). Moreover length-weight relationship, length-width relationship and sex ratio of C. damascina were calculated by statistical software analysis SPSS 17. Results indicated that in Siahmahi, there were close relationships between body length-weight and body length-width with the R values of 0.96 and 0.94, respectively. In favour of males the sex ratio obtained 1:2.8.


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