Ichthyological Research

, Volume 64, Issue 3, pp 295–300 | Cite as

A new troglobitic loach Triplophysa tianlinensis (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from Guangxi, China

  • Jie Li
  • Xin-Hui Li
  • Jia-Hu Lan
  • Li-Na Du
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A new cave-dwelling species Triplophysa tianlinensis sp. nov. is described based on specimens collected from a karst cave in Hongxing Village, Langping Town, Tianlin County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The new species can be distinguished from its congeners by following a combination of characters: tip of pectoral fin not reaching pelvic-fin origin; body unpigmented, smooth and scaleless; dorsal fin with 8–9 branched rays, its origin anterior to pelvic-fin origin; black pigmented, rudimentary orbital spot; lateral line complete; 0+10 gill rakers on the first gill arch. Additionally, although the new species and Triplophysa langpingensis are from the cave of Langping Town, the new species could be distinguished from T. langpingensis by the following character: lateral line completed, 3+10 infraorbital and 15 preoperculo-mandibular pores.


New species Blind fish Triplophysa Guangxi 



The study was funded by the Special Financial Fund for Species Conservation Project of the Ministry of Agriculture:Investigation on spawning ground and migration routes of the main economic fish in the important waters of the Pearl River (2130135), the Guangxi Natural Science Foundation of China (2013GXNSFEA053003). We are greatly indebted to the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on the manuscript. We greatly thank Marco Endruweit for revising this manuscript before submission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pearl River Fisheries Research InstituteChinese Academy of Fishery ScienceGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Du’an Fishery Technique Popularization StationDu’anChina
  3. 3.Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology, Kunming Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesKunmingChina

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