Aphyosemion musafirii, van der ZEE & SONNENBERG 2011

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Aphyosemion musafirii, van der ZEE & SONNENBERG 2011

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Bonn zoological Bulletin Volume 60 Issue 1 pp. 73–87 Bonn, May 2011

Aphyosemion musafirii (Cyprinodontiformes: Nothobranchiidae), a new species from the Tshopo Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with some notes on the Aphyosemion of the Congo Basin


Jouke R. Van der Zee1 & Rainer Sonnenberg2,3

1 Royal Museum for Central Africa, Zoology Department, Ichthyology, Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium. Corresponding author. E-mail: joukevdz@upcmail.nl
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionsbiologie, August-Thienemann-Strasse 2, D-24306 Plön, Germany (current address)
3 Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, D-53113 Bonn, Germany


Aphyosemion musafirii, new species, is described from specimens collected near Ubundu (Ruiki River, Congo Basin, Tshopo Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo). Another population of A. musafirii is known from the Romée River, 50 km West of Kisangani. The Ruiki and Romée Rivers are small tributaries on the left bank of the Congo River. Aphyosemion musafirii can be distinguished from its closest relative A. castaneum by the male colour pattern. A preliminary DNA analysis demonstrates that Aphyosemion s.s. consists of two major clades. Aphyosemion musafirii is
in a clade with A. castaneum, A. polli, A. lamberti, A. rectogoense, and A. congicum. The distribution of all species of Aphyosemion s.s. is discussed.

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