Monophyly of the genus Boraras (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) Academic Article uri icon


  • The first phylogenetic analysis of the genus Boraras is addressed. The results indicate that Boraras forms a monophyletic lineage defined by four synapomorphies: (1) the absence of a supraorbital canal, (2) a uniquely shaped urohyal, (3) an elongated 4th pleural rib, and (4) a postcleithrum attached high on the cleithrum. The interrelationships of the five species of Boraras were incompletely resolved and no evidence was found to suggest that Boraras and Trigonostigma are closely related. The phylogenetic position of Boraras in relation to other rasborins remains unclear. 2005 by Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil.

published proceedings

  • Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters

author list (cited authors)

  • Conway, K. W.

complete list of authors

  • Conway, KW

publication date

  • September 2005