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Volume 26, Issue 2 – 27 September 2020

Jayasimhan Praveenraj, Tejas Thackeray and Shankar Balasubramanian: Schistura hiranyakeshi a new loach (Cypriniformes: Nemacheilidae) from Maharashtra, Northern Western Ghats, India, pp. 49-56

 

 

 

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Volume 26, Issue 2 – 27 September 2020

Jayasimhan Praveenraj, Tejas Thackeray and Shankar Balasubramanian: Schistura hiranyakeshi a new loach (Cypriniformes: Nemacheilidae) from Maharashtra, Northern Western Ghats, India, pp. 49-56

Abstract
Schistura hiranyakeshi, a new species of loach is described from Hiranyakeshi River, Amboli, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra. It is unique among congeners from peninsular, northeastern, and central India, and Sri Lanka in having an incomplete lateral line with 6-7 pores and ending at a point vertical at half the length of the adpressed pectoralfin; dorsal fin and caudal fin devoid of spots or blotches; body with 9-10 bars that are wider or almost equal in width to the interspaces; dorsal fin, anal fin and sub-dorsal bars with a unique crimson color in adult males; lower lip with a black mark on each side of the median interruption in live and preserved specimens; and no suborbital flap or axillary pelvic lobe.