Babol IAU Researcher Discovers the World Largest Freshwater Aquifer for Subterranean Fishes

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 11:18

A faculty member of Babol Islamic Azad University in cooperation with German researchers have discovered a new locality for the Iranian subterranean fishes Garra typhlops and Garra lorestanensis (and probably Eidinemacheilus smithi).

According to an ISCA report, in a two year research project, Saber Vatandoust in cooperation with the faculty member of University of Guilan, Seyed Hamed Mousavi‐Sabet, and notable German researchers, Matthias F Geiger and Jörg Freyhof, could discover “a new record of Iranian subterranean fishes reveals the potential presence of a large freshwater aquifer in the Zagros Mountains.”

Based on the research, a new locality is reported for the Iranian subterranean fishes Garra typhlops and Garra lorestanensis (and probably Eidinemacheilus smithi), near the village Tuveh in the Dez River drainage.

The site is 31 km straight‐line distance away from the only other known locality where these species have been observed previously. The finding suggests the presence of a sizeable subterranean aquifer system in the Tigris drainage extending for between 31 and 162 km.

The result of the research has been released in Journal of Applied Ichthyology.

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