Ichthyological Research

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 313–319 | Cite as

Schistura liyaiensis, a new loach from Barak River, Manipur, India (Cypriniformes: Nemacheilidae)

  • Yumnam LokeshworEmail author
  • Waikhom Vishwanath
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A new loach, Schistura liyaiensis, is described from the upper reaches of the Barak River at Liyai village, Senapati District, Manipur, India. It is distinguished from its congeners in having a unique combination of characters: 7–9 brown saddles each continuing onto the flank and forming 7–8 broad to slightly narrow bars with a rounded ventral margin, incomplete lateral line, 4 simple and 8½ branched dorsal-fin rays, a black spot at the origin of dorsal fin, a black basicaudal bar, pectoral and pelvic fins sub-acuminate, respectively, with 10 and 7 rays, prominent processus dentiformis.


New nemacheilid Barak–Surma–Meghna basin Liyai village Senapati District 



We are very grateful to Aloysius and K. John for their help in the collection of specimens, K. Venkataraman and L. Kosygin of ZSI, Kolkata, and N. Sen of ZSI/ERS, Shillong, for giving access to specimens under their care. The first author is thankful to the authority of Manipur University for providing financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Science and Technology, Meghalaya Techno CityRi-BhoiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Life SciencesManipur UniversityCanchipurIndia

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