Triplophysa rosa sp. nov.: a new blind loach from China

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A new blind loach of Triplophysa Rendahl 1933 was collected from a subterranean pool in a cave at Wulong County, Chongqing City, China, in November 2002. The new species, named Triplophysa rosa sp. nov., can be distinguished from its congeners by the following unique characters: eyes vestigial; 9 branched dorsal‐fin rays; 12 branched pectoral‐fin rays; 7 branched pelvic‐fin rays; 6 branched anal‐fin rays; 7 + 7 branched caudal‐fin rays; distal margin of dorsal‐fin concave; tip of pelvic‐fin surpasses vertical level of anus; caudal‐fin deeply forked; whole body scaleless and colourless.

Keywords: China; Chongqing; Triplophysa; cave fish; loach; new species

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Department of Systematic Zoology, Kunming Institute of Zoology, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, 650223, China

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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