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Crenicichla yjhui sp.nov. from Argentina

Crenicichla yjhui - holotype
Crenicichla yjhui - paratype
Crenicichla yjhui
, preserved holotype (top) and alive paratype, male (below) (photos from publication)

new species from Argentina:
Crenicichla yjhui Piálek, Casciotta, Almirón & Říčan, 2018

published in:
Piálek, L., J. Casciotta, A. Almirón & O. Říčan (2018):
A new pelagic predatory pike cichlid (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Crenicichla) from the C. mandelburgeri species complex with parallel and reticulate evolution.
Hydrobiologia (2018): published online ahead of print on 07 Sep 2018. 19 p.

abstract (from publication):
The Crenicichla mandelburgeri species complex from the Middle Paraná shows parallel evolution of ecomorphs to the unrelated C. missioneira species complex from the Uruguay River. In this article, we describe a new species from the C. mandelburgeri species complex that has evolved a parallel morphology and ecology to an unrelated species from the C. missioneira species complex (C. celidochilus). The new species is a pelagic predator that feeds predominantly on fishes and together with C. celidochilus is the only known pelagic species in the large riverine genus Crenicichla.
The new species is endemic solely to a small tributary (the Urugua-í) of the Middle Paraná River where it is sympatric and partly syntopic with two other closely related endemic species that, however, differ strongly in their ecomorphologies (one is a generalistic invertivore and the other a specialized molluscivore). Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny finds the new species nested within the widespread C. mandelburgeri. Reduced genomerepresentation ddRAD analyses, however, demonstrate that this new species is of a hybrid origin and shares ancestry with C. ypo, one of the two studied sympatric species.

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