A review of the genus Distoechodon (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), and description of a new species

  • Yahui Zhao
  • Fang Kullander
  • Sven O Kullander
  • Chunguang Zhang


Distoechodon species are widely distributed in rivers of southern China. Previous studies recognized only two species in the genus, viz., D. tumirostris and D. hupeinensis. A morphological analysis of 164 specimens from different localities permits recognition of four species. Distoechodon tumirostris is mainly restricted to small coastal rivers in the Zhejiang Province. Distoechodon multispinnis is widely distributed in the Chang Jiang and Zhu Jiang basins. Distoechodon compressus is known only from the Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces, and Taiwan. Distoechodon macrophthalmus, the new species, is known only from the Chenghai Lake, Chang Jiang basin in Yunnan Province.


China Jiang river Zhu Jiang river Distoechodon Systematics 



The work was carried out within the ECOCARP project (New native fish species for Asian aquaculture: conserving natural genetic reserves and increasing options for sustainable use of aquatic resources), European Commission INCO-DEV contract number ICA4-CT-2001-10024, and also supported by Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Chinese National Science Fund for Fostering Talents in Basic Research (NSFC-J0030092). Many thanks go to Liu H. Z. for constructive discussions and suggestions, to Tang W. Q., Cai M. J., Zhang E., Xu T. Q., Cui G. H. and Yang J. X. for allowing to access specimens under their care, to M. Höggren and V. Areskoug for their guidance, and kind concern and help. A. Silfvergrip helped to take fish photos, and E. Åhlander helped to take all the radiographs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of ScienceBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Vertebrate ZoologySwedish Museum of Natural HistoryStockholmSweden

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