Ichthyological Research

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 232–236 | Cite as

Aphyocypris pulchrilineata, a new miniature cyprinid species (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from Guangxi, China

  • Yu Zhu
  • Yahui Zhao
  • Kai Huang
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Aphyocypris pulchrilineata sp. nov., a miniature cyprinid fish, was described from a small branch of the Hongshuihe River, which belongs to the Pearl River drainage. The new species can be distinguished from the species of Yaoshanicus, Nicholsicypris, Pararasbora and some species of Aphyocypris (Aphyocypris chinensis and Aphyocypris kikuchii) by the lack of a lateral line, either complete or partial. The new species is most similar to Aphyocypris lini morphologically. However, A. pulchrilineata lacks a large black spot on the caudal-fin base which A. lini has. A key to the species of the genus Aphyocypris is provided in the paper.


Freshwater Cypriniformes New species Aphyocypris pulchrilineata sp. nov. China 



This work was supported by Grants of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC-30870285 and NSFC-31071884) and the Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. O529YX5105). Many thanks to Dr. David Dudgeon, who is a chair professor of ecology and biodiversity in School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, for the information on type specimens. All the experiments comply with the related laws and regulations, also with guidelines for the use of fishes in research by the Ichthyological Society of Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Fisheries and Farming Special School of GuangxiNanningChina
  3. 3.Xingjian College of Science and Liberal ArtsUniversity of GuangxiNanningChina

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