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Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 221–227 | Cite as

A new species of Genus Triplophysa (Nemacheilinae: Balitoridae), Triplophysa longipectoralis sp. nov, from Guangxi, China

  • Lan-Ping Zheng
  • Li-Na Du
  • Xiao-Yong Chen
  • Jun-Xing Yang
Article

Abstract

A new species, Triplophysa longipectoralis, is described from Liujiang River, Guangxi, China. The new species is distinguished from other species of Triplophysa by the following combination of characters: pectoral fin highly developed, reaching beyond pelvic-fin origin; eyes present and vestigial; body covered with scales; dorsal and lateral sides of head and body mottled with blotches; dorsal fin emarginate; caudal fin forked; anus close to anal-fin origin. A key to all valid species of Triplophysa in Xijiang River water system is provided.

Keywords

Balitoridae Triplophysa New species Guangxi China 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We express our particular thanks to Lan JH for donating the specimens of Triplophysa longipectoralis. We also express our particular thanks to Li Y for identifying the food in the fish stomach. This work was supported by National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (2007CB411600), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30730017) and Science-technology basic condition platform from The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (2005DKA21402).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of SciencesKunmingChina

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