Turcinoemacheilus saadii Esmaeili, Sayyadzadeh, Özulug, Geiger & Freyhof, 2014
photo by Esmaeili, H.R.

 Family:  Nemacheilidae ()
 Max. size:  6.36 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Asia: Bashar River and Gamasiab River in Iran.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal soft rays: 4-5. This species can be diagnosed from other congeners in the Middle East by its unique color pattern consisting of 7-9 distinct dark saddles never forming a lateral stripe (vs. mottled or presence of a lateral stripe). It further differs from other species by the combination of the following characters: deeply emarginated caudal fin; distance from anus to anal-fin origin 0.4-0.5 times in the distance from pelvic-fin to anal-fin origins; and 13 fixed nucleotide substitutions in the mtDNA COI barcode region studied (Ref. 95534).
 Biology:  At the type locality, the stream Tang-e-Tizab is about 20 m wide and has fast-running water and substrate consisting of coarse gravel and boulders (Ref. 95534).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 21.04.14

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