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Balitora eddsi, a new species of hillstream loach (Ostariophysi: Balitoridae) from Nepal

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A new species of hillstream loach Balitora eddsi is described from the Karnali River drainage in south-western Nepal. The new species is distinguished from all its congeners by possessing the following combination of characters: six to seven unbranched pectoral-fin rays, pelvic-fin length 12–14% standard length (LS), dorsal surface without circular or irregular shaped dark blotches, snout pointed, median lobe between anterior rostral barbels pointed posteriorly, dorsal-fin origin posterior to pelvic-fin origin, lateral line scales 66–67, caudal peduncle length 22–23·2% LS, caudal peduncle depth 4·1–4·2 times its length.

Keywords: Cobitoidea; Cypriniformes; taxonomy

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Department of Biology, Saint Louis University, 3507 Laclede Avenue, St Louis, MO 63109, U.S.A.

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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