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Moenkhausia bonita - first record from Argentina

Moenkhausia bonita
Moenkhausia bonita
(photo from publication)

first record from Argentina:
Moenkhausia bonita Benine, Castro & Sabino, 2004

published in:
Vanegas-Rios, J.A., R. Britzke & J.M. Mirande (2019):
Geographic variation of Moenkhausia bonita (Characiformes: Characidae) in the rio de la Plata basin, with distributional comments on M. intermedia.
Neotropical Ichthyology 17 (1): e170123. 16 p.

abstract (from publication):
Moenkhausia bonita occurs in numerous additional localities from the Bermejo, Paraná, Paraguay, and Uruguay river basins. Given that this finding greatly expands the distributional range of M. bonita, we carried out an intraspecific comparison, using multivariate methods for 18 morphometric and eight meristic characters taken from a comprehensive sample of 536 specimens. All localities were distributed in four major geographic groups as follows: Bermejo, Paraná, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Results of the morphometric comparisons showed significant differences among the studied groups except between the Paraguay and Uruguay groups. Statistical differences in meristic values were found for most between-group comparisons, especially in those resulting from discriminant canonical analyses (DCA). Specimens from the Bermejo basin were the most distinct group in most morphological comparisons. However, the overall subtle differences found in body morphology likely reflect intraspecific variation within M. bonita and seem to be mainly influenced by spatial and environmental features of drainages. As M. bonita was previously identified as M. intermedia in the río de La Plata basin, distributional comments on the latter species in that basin are provided.

remarks:
Moenkhausia bonita is applied to all previous records of M. intermedia from Argentina, a species originally described from Tabatinga in the Amazon and which is now considered not to be distributed in the La Plata basin.

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