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DNA barcoding of Hisonotus depressicauda (Ribeiro, 1918) with the description of a new species from the Paranapanema River basin, from São Paulo state

Grant number: 20/14750-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2021
Effective date (End): December 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Claudio de Oliveira
Grantee:Pedro Nastaro
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IBB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


Within the order Siluriformes, Loricariidae is a family composed of about 1,000 species and six subfamilies: Hypostominae, Loricariinae, Hypoptopomatinae, Delturinae, Rhinelepinae, Lithogeninae. Within the Hypoptopomatinae there are 19 genera and 139 species, including the genus Hisonotus with 33 valid species. Hisonotus depressicauda apparently represents a complex of species, and populations from the Rio Grande basin and the Paranapanema rivers may represent new species, as this was originally described for the headwaters of the Tietê river. In addition, there are two other species of Hypoptopomatinae (i.e., Microlepidogaster arachas, H. alicula and H. biamnicus) that can be closely related to H. depressicauda. Therefore, DNA barcoding analysis can help in species delimition of the H. depressicauda complex, as well as species of related genera. The objective of this work is to carry out a study of DNA barcoding in populations of species of the H. depressicauda complex, as well as related species, helping to delimit them and confirm the hypothesis of a possible new species in the Paranapanema river. Molecular analyzes will be performed using tissues conserved in ethanol and deposited at the Laboratório de Biologia e Genética de Peixes (LBGP) from Unesp, Botucatu. The amplification of specific regions of mitochondrial DNA Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I (COI) will be performed using the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique. The sequencing will be carried out at LBGP, Unesp, Botucatu.

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