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First record of a landlocked population of marine Millerigobius macrocephalus (Perciformes: Gobiidae): observations from a unique spring-fed karstic lake (Lake Vouliagmeni, Greece) and phylogenetic positioning
Vanhove, M.P.M.; Kovacic, M.; Koutsikos, N.E.; Zogaris, S.; Vardakas, L.E.; Huyse, T.; Economou, A.N. (2011). First record of a landlocked population of marine Millerigobius macrocephalus (Perciformes: Gobiidae): observations from a unique spring-fed karstic lake (Lake Vouliagmeni, Greece) and phylogenetic positioning. Zool. Anz. 250(3): 195-204. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcz.2011.03.002
In: Zoologischer Anzeiger. Gustav Fischer Verlag: Jena. ISSN 0044-5231, more
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Keywords
    Gobiidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]; Millerigobius Bath, 1973 [WoRMS]; Marine; Brackish water
Author keywords
    Gobiidae; Greece; Karstic lake; Millerigobius; New record; Vouliagmeni

Authors  Top 
  • Vanhove, M.P.M., more
  • Kovacic, M.
  • Koutsikos, N.E.
  • Zogaris, S.
  • Vardakas, L.E.
  • Huyse, T., more
  • Economou, A.N.

Abstract
    A hitherto undescribed population of gobies in the Greek brackish karstic Lake Vouliagmeni was identified as Millerigobius macrocephalus. Molecular phylogenetic analysis using partial mitochondrial ribosomal DNA sequences situates this species as a sister taxon to Zebrus zebrus, thus confirming earlier morphological work. Morphological variation as compared to previous studies on this species is discussed. This is the first report of M. macrocephalus occurring inland and under oligohaline conditions, underlining that our knowledge on diversity and distribution of the European gobiid fauna is still far from complete. The occurrence of this rarely observed fish species might enhance the conservational importance of the lake under study.

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