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Published: 2019-08-09

A new species of cyprinoid fish from the Tana River, Kenya (Actinopterygii: Danionidae)

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute, Belle Chasse, LA 70037, USA
Biology Department, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA 23005, USA Smithsonian Research Associate, National Museum of Natu­ral History, Division of Fishes, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Ichthyology Section, National Museums of Kenya, P O Box 40658-00100 - Nairobi, Kenya
Ichthyology Section, National Museums of Kenya, P O Box 40658-00100 - Nairobi, Kenya
Actinopterygii Neobola fluviatilis (Whitehead 1962) Neobola kinondo sp. nov. Cyprinoidei East Africa


Sampling of streams in the middle reaches of the Tana River Basin in Meru National Park, Kenya, from 2010 to 2012 for an NSF-funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) project, resulted in the capture of a number of specimens of what were first thought to be Neobola fluviatilis.  On closer examination the specimens were determined to represent a distinct species, endemic to the Tana River basin, which is herein formally described. The new species is readily diagnosed from N. fluviatilis by higher counts of lateral line, pre-dorsal, and caudal peduncle circumferential scales, higher numbers of pectoral rays, lower numbers of anal fin rays, and a shorter anal-fin base length.



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