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Garra imberba GARMAN, 1912

October 20th, 2014 — 10:30am

This species can be distinguished from congeners inhabiting the Red River basin in Yunnan province, China, by the following combination of characters: no barbels; 46-52 lateral line scales; 16 circumpeduncular scales; pharyngeal teeth in 3 rows, 2.4.5-5.4.2; snout rounded, no secondary rostrum, no longitudinal…

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Garra rotundinasus (ZHANG, 2006)

October 20th, 2014 — 9:46am

Prior to its description, G. rotundinasus was considered to represent the congener G. gravleyi, but the latter is now accepted to occur only in the Salween and Manipur river basins. These two are separated from all other Garra species in China and Southeast Asia by possession of a weakly-devel…

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Garra bispinosa ZHANG, 2005

October 19th, 2014 — 3:34pm

G. bispinosa can be distinguished from all other congeners in Southeast Asia and China by the following combination of characters: a conspicuous, quadrate, anteriorly-directed proboscis orientated ventrally against the snout and anteriorly adorned with a single, large, uniscupid, acanthoid tubercle on the distal tip of each lobe; snout with a deep groove across its tip to form a transverse lobe; 34-35 lateral…

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Folifer brevifilis (PETERS, 1881)

October 19th, 2014 — 1:33pm

This species is widely-distributed in the Mekong river system in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, Salween and Ayeyarwaddy rivers in southern China, Myanmar, and Thailand, plus various smaller basins in Vietnam and China. It has also been recorded from the islands of Hainan and Hong Kong.

Type locality is given as ‘China: sent from Hong Kong’.

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Elopichthys bambusa (RICHARDSON, 1845)

October 18th, 2014 — 8:29pm

The adult size and power of this impressive predator preclude it from consideration as an aquarium species, but young individuals are nevertheless available in the ornamental trade on an irregular basis therefore it is included here.

It is an entirely unsuitable choice for the home aquarium and the majority of zoos and public aquaria would probably struggle to maintain it in adequate conditions.

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Ctenopharyngodon idella (VALENCIENNES, 1844)

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September 30th, 2014 — 12:57pm

Despite being a wholly unsuitable aquarium subject, C. idella is often traded as such, with an albino form having been developed specifically for the ornamental market.

Individuals which have outgrown their aquarium or pond should never be released into natural waters, either, since this species has proven capable of causing serious environmental damage under a wide range of climatic conditions.

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Acrossocheilus monticola (GÜNTHER, 1888)

August 23rd, 2014 — 6:30pm

Apparently endemic to the upper Yangtze River basin, China.

Type locality is ‘mountain-stream fiowing into the Ichang gorge of the Yangtsze River’.

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Acrossocheilus parallens (NICHOLS, 1931)

August 23rd, 2014 — 4:34pm

Members of the genus are characterised by possessing a particular number of dark vertical bar on each flank, and A. parallens belongs to a group of species with five or six such bars, each of which is two scales in width. Congeners sharing this pattern include A. fasciatus, A. hemispinus (in juveniles only), A. jishouensis, A. kreyenbergii, A. paradoxus, A. spinifer, A. wenchowensis, and A. wuyiensis.

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Acrossocheilus beijiangensis WU & LIN, 1977

August 23rd, 2014 — 4:13pm

Recorded from Fujian, Guangdong, and Guangxi provinces in southwestern China, plus the islands of Hainan and Hong Kong.

Type locality is ‘Lian-Xian and Yang-Shan, Guangdong, China’, corresponding to the Bei River drainage.

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Acrossocheilus iridescens (NICHOLS & POPE, 1927)

August 23rd, 2014 — 1:45pm

A. iridescens and its closest relative A. longipinnis can be distinguished from all other barred species of Acrossocheilus by the following characters: wider (vs. narrower) black vertical bars on the flank in adults, each five to eight (vs. no more than four) scales in width; a horse-shoe shaped (vs. arched) mouth gape; rostral barbel located posteriorly (vs. anteriorly) to a horizontal line through the anteriormost margin of the lower jaw; two postlabial grooves extending anteromedially beyond (vs. away from) a horizontal line through the roots of the rostral barbels.

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