A new blind loach species, Triplophysa huanjiangensis (Teleostei: Balitoridae), from Guangxi, China.

Research paper by Jian J Yang, Tie-Jun TJ Wu, Jia-Hu JH Lan

Indexed on: 19 Oct '11Published on: 19 Oct '11Published in: Dong wu xue yan jiu = Zoological research / "Dong wu xue yan jiu" bian ji wei yuan hui bian ji


A new blind loach of the genus Triplophysa was collected in 2007 from a cave in Leyi village, located near Chuanshan Town, Huangjiang County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southern China. The new species, Triplophysa huangjiangensis sp. nov, can be distinguished from its congeners by eyes and scales absent; caudal-fin forked; adipose keel present; lips with furrows; distal margin of dorsal-fin truncate, dorsal fin origin much closer to caudal-fin base than snout tip; 8-9 branched dorsal-fin rays; 6-7 branched pelvic-fin rays; 6 branched anal-fin rays; 10-11 branched pectoral-fin rays; 13-14 branched caudal-fin rays; pectoral-fin length 52.3%-70.7% the distance between pectoral-fin origin to pelvic-fin origin; dorsal-fin origin posterior to vertical line of pelvic-fin origin; outer rostral barbel longer than other two pairs of barbels, with 47.0%-73.8% of lateral head length; anterior nostril with elongate barbel-like tip; and posterior chamber of gas-bladder developed, reaching pelvic-fin origin.