Ichthyological Research

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 159–164 | Cite as

Schistura porocephala, a new nemacheilid loach from Koladyne basin, Mizoram, India (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae)

  • Yumnam Lokeshwor
  • Waikhom Vishwanath
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Schistura porocephala, a new nemacheilid species, is described from a stream that drains into the Mat River (Koladyne basin), India. It is characterized by the presence of prominent pores in the cephalic lateral line system; an incomplete lateral line; 20–23 thin dark olivaceous bars on the body, often bifurcated from the dorsolateral region; a depressed head and body anterior to the dorsal fin origin; and an elongated suborbital flap arising in front of the nostril and extending to the anterior one-third of the eye diameter in males.


New species Thualthu Mat River Cephalic pores 



We are very thankful to Lalchharliana, A. Darshan and K. Nebeshwar for their help in the collection of specimens, to K. Venkataraman, and L. Kosygin for their prompt actions in registering paratypes in ZSI and to A.K. Karmakar (ZSI) and N. Sen (ZSI/ERS) for giving access to specimens under their care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesManipur UniversityCanchipurIndia

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