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Nele Mullens, Gontran Sonet, Eva Decru, Massimiliano Virgilio, Jos Snoeks and Emmanuel Vreven (2020)

Mitogenomic characterization and systematic placement of the Congo blind barb Caecobarbus geertsii (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae)

International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 161:292-298.

This study presents the first complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Caecobarbus geertsii, the Congo blind barb, a cave-dwelling, CITES-protected, cyprinid fish endemic to the Lower Congo basin (DRC). The length of the circular mitogenome is 16,565 base pairs. The 13 protein coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNA genes and 22 transfer RNA genes are similar in position and direction to those of other members of the family Cyprinidae. Phylogenetic analyses including 28 complete mitogenomes from representatives of the subfamily Smiliogastrinae (Cyprinidae), showed that Caecobarbus was nested within a clade including representatives of the genus Enteromius. The data presented in this study provide information on the molecular identification and classification of this threatened species. The results further suggest the need for a taxonomic revision of the genus Enteromius.
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(14) zoologie, fish, %Afrotropical region, taxonomy