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A new species of the genus Mekongina Fowler, 1937 (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from South China

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A new species of cyprinid fish, Mekongina lancangensis, is described from the upper Mekong River drainage in Southern Yunnan, China. The new species is distinguished from the other species of Mekongina occurring in the lower Mekong River drainage by possessing the following combination of characters: one pair of rostral barbels; two rows of tubercles irregularly scattered on the snout and cheeks, with two enlarged tubercles present at each side of anterior of the snout; 19–27 rostral marginal lappets; lateral line with 38–41 scales; 5·5 or 6·5 scales in transverse series from dorsal-fin origin to lateral line; 18–20 circumpeduncular scales; snout length 31·9–36·9% head length; tip of depressed anal-fin rays extending to the caudal-fin base.
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Keywords: China; Cyprinidae; Mekongina; new species; taxonomy

Document Type: Regular Paper

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

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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