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Physoschistura tuivaiensis, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the Tuivai River, Manipur, India

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Yumnam Lokeshwor ,

Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal, Manipur, IN
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Waikhom Vishwanath,

Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal, Manipur, IN
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Keisham Shanta

Department of Zoology, L. Sanoi College, Nambol, Manipur, IN
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Abstract

Physoschistura tuivaiensis is described from Likhailok on the Tuivai River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River in southern Manipur, India. It is distinguished from congeneric species except P. shanensis and P. yunnaniloides by having a complete lateral line. It can be distinguished from those two species by the presence of 12-14 dark olivaceous blotches on the flank, and 15-17 dark olivaceous saddles on the back, more branched caudal fin rays, and 4+8 pores in the infraorbital canal. Examination of the holotype of Physoschistura elongata shows lip morphology different from Physoschistura, and the species is referred tentatively to Schistura.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4376

TAPROBANICA. April, 2012. Vol. 04, No. 01: pp. 5-11.

 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4376
How to Cite: Lokeshwor, Y., Vishwanath, W. & Shanta, K., (2012). Physoschistura tuivaiensis, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the Tuivai River, Manipur, India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 4(1), pp.5–11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4376
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Published on 31 May 2012.
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