Ichthyological Research

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 121–128 | Cite as

Sinocyclocheilus donglanensis, a new cavefish (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) from Guangxi, China

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Abstract

Sinocyclocheilus donglanensis, a new cyprinid species from a subterranean river in Donglan County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southern China, is described. It is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characteristics: a completely scaled body with well-developed eyes; a curved lateral line possessing 57–64 scales; pectoral fin not reaching pelvic fin origin and last unbranched ray of the dorsal fin clearly serrated along its posterior edge; 8–9 predorsal vertebrae; 8–9 gill rakers; joints of dentary-angulars not close to each other at the isthmus; and a slightly inferior mouth with the upper jaw (6.2–7.4% in standard length: SL) protruding slightly beyond the lower one (5.7–6.7% SL). Sinocyclocheilus donglanensis is sympatric with the peculiarly shaped, hunchbacked S. altishoulderus.

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Sinocyclocheilus Cyprinidae New species Cavefish China 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yahui Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Katsutoshi Watanabe
    • 3
  • Chunguang Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Graduate SchoolChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Zoology, Division of Biological Science, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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