Zoological Research ›› 2016, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (5): 297-300.doi: 10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2016.5.296

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A new cave species of the Genus Triplophysa from Yunnan, China

Hong-Fu YANG1,2, Wei-Xian LI3, Zi-Ming CHEN1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory for Animal Genetic Diversity and Evolution of High Education in Yunnan Province, School of Life Science, Yunnan University, Kunming Yunnan 650091, China;
    2. Fisheries Administration of Qiubei, Wenshan Yunnan 653200, China;
    3 Heilongtan Reservoir of Shilin, Kunming Yunnan 652200, China
  • Received:2016-01-29 Revised:2016-08-05 Online:2016-09-18 Published:2016-09-18
  • Contact: Zi-Ming CHEN E-mail:chenzm@ynu.edu.cn


In September and October 2015, a new species of the family Nemacheilidae, Triplophysa tianxingensis sp. nov., was discovered from underground water in Qiubei County, Yunnan Province, China. It can be distinguished from all other troglobiotic Triplophysa species occurring in Yunnan by the following combination of characters: eyes small, a little degenerated; barbels longer; ventral profiles greatly convex; pectoral fin short, attaining a third of the distance from the pectoral-fin base to pelvic fin base; body with many brown blotches; caudal peduncle with fin fold; caudal fin shallowly forked, and free posterior chamber of swim bladder cylindrical.

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