Species or population? Systematic status of Vieja coatlicue (Teleostei: Cichlidae)

By McMahan, Caleb D. & Wilfredo A. Matamoros, Diego J. Elías, Kyle R. Piller

Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 17(n. 2), (20-Jun-2019). DOI: 10.1590/1982-0224-20190004


" Pacific and Atlantic-slope rivers of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico contain two cichlid species of the genus Vieja relevant to the current study, V. zonata and V. coatlicue, respectively. The Atlantic-slope species was initially considered a population of uncertain taxonomic status and recently described as a distinct species based on three putatively diagnostic morphological characters. The objective of this study was to combine new and existing genetic data, along with reanalysis of morphological characters, to test the distinctiveness of V. coatlicue. Little genetic variability and no geographic structuring were recovered. Additionally, putatively diagnostic morphological character states were present across both species, failing to separate the forms. The synthesis of molecular and morphological data supports the recognition of V. coatlicue as a junior synonym of V. zonata "

Classification: Taxonomy and phylogeny, Central and North America.

Language: English

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McMahan, Caleb D. & Wilfredo A. Matamoros, Diego J. Elías, Kyle R. Piller. 2019. "Species or population? Systematic status of Vieja coatlicue (Teleostei: Cichlidae)". Neotropical Ichthyology. v. 17(n. 2), (crc09368) (abstract)