Iranocichla persa. Photo from research article
A new species of cichlid from Iran has been described. Iranocichla persa joins I. hormuzensis in what was once a single species genus. Like I. hormuzensis, I. persa has only been found in drainage rivers along the Persian Gulf coastal region. The article titled "Iranocichla persa, a new cichlid species from southern Iran" by Hamid Reza Esmaeili, Golnaz Sayyadzadeh and Ole Seehausen can be found in its entirety on the ZooKeys website.
According to the publication, Iranocichla persa is genetically close to I. hormuzensis, but different enough to be considered a separate species. Visually, I. persa stands out from I. hormuzensis by the orange coloration in the chest and lower part of the head. To find out more about I. persa including the collection locations and methodology used in describing this new species, visit the ZooKeys website. To discuss I. persa visit the Lake Victoria Basin, West African, Madagascar & Asian Species forum.