A revision of the generic position of Barynotus (Systomus) verhoeffi, and the validity of the genera Carasobarbus, Kosswigobarbus and Mesopotamichthys (Pisces, Cyprinidae)

Ekmekci F. G., BANARESCU P.

FOLIA ZOOLOGICA, vol.47, pp.87-96, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Journal Name: FOLIA ZOOLOGICA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.87-96
  • Keywords: Orontes River, Turkey, fish taxonomy
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Barynotus (Systomus) verhoeffi Battalgil is a synonym of Labeobarbus chantrei Sauvage, as already shown by Krupp (1985). It does not belong to Barynotus, Systomus or Barbus, but to Carasobarbus, which is a valid genus, that also comprises four other species luteus, canis, apoensis and exulatus. A comprehensive description of C. chantrei from the River Asi (= Orontes) in Turkey is given; the species is closest to C. canis, two other west Asian barbel are considered valid: Kosswigobarbus and Mesopotamichthys.