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Pangio semicincta (FRASER-BRUNNER, 1940)

'Kuhli' Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

This species is among the most frequently-misidentified in the hobby, almost always being traded as P. kuhlii. However the latter is currently considered endemic to Java, from where commercial collections are almost unheard of, and has possibly never been seen in aquaria.

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Nemacheilus masyae SMITH, 1933

Arrow Loach

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

This species was originally named Nemacheilus masyae but following ICZN rules the spelling was later corrected to N. masyai because it’s named after a man. It can be distinguished from the majority of congeners by body patterning comprising 14-18 short, dark vertical bars on each flank, 12-17 saddle-like markings running along the dorsal surface, a dark spot on the caudal peduncle at the termination of the lateral line and a dark blotch in the lower half of the first few dorsal-fin rays.

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Pangio shelfordii (POPTA, 1903)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

Patterning is highly variable depending both within and between populations and the species may comprise an assemblage containing a number of taxa (Kottelat and Lim, 1993; Tan and Kottelat, 2009). For example, those from Singapore and Johor possessing intricate mottling on the dorsal surface while individuals from Terengganu have a series of saddle-like markings either alternating or connecting with the midlateral markings.

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Pangio filinaris KOTTELAT & LIM, 1993

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

It’s included in the P. kuhliioblonga group of closely-related species within the genus as per Bohlen et al. (2011) and can be…

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Pangio piperata KOTTELAT & LIM, 1993

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

Some Sumatran and Bornean populations of the highly variable P. shelfordii superficially resemble P. piperata which can cause issues with identification as the two often occur together. In general however the body patterning in P. piperata is than that of P. shelfordii and they differ in vertebral counts (mode 47 vs. 50, respectively).

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Pangio malayana (TWEEDIE, 1956)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

Originally known only from Johor and Pahang states, Peninsular Malaysia but since recorded from the Batang Hari river drainage, Sumatra and the Kapuas system, Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan) province, Indonesian Borneo. Type locality is ‘Tahan River, Pahang, Malaysia’.

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Pangio doriae (PERUGIA, 1892)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

One of a handful of Pangio spp. traded under the generic name ‘eel loach’, though it’s most commonly available as bycatch among shipments of other fishes. Some authors have suggested it may be synonymous with P. anguillaris bu…

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Pangio cuneovirgata (RAUT, 1957)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

Infrequently encountered in the aquarium trade, most often as bycatch among shipments of similar-looking congeners. It’s included in the P. kuhlii group of closely-related species within the genus, and can be distinguished from other members by…

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Lepidocephalus macrochir (BLEEKER, 1854)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

The distribution records for this species are somewhat confusing. It was described from the confluence of the Lamatang and Enim rivers, Palambang Province, Sumatra and has since been recorded from Thailand (Chao Phraya River), Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang River) plus the islands of Java (Solo River) and Borneo (Kapuas and Barito rivers).

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Kottelatlimia pristes (ROBERTS, 1989)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

The genus Kottelatlimia was erected by Nalbant (1994) to accommodate K. katik which had previously been assigned to Lepidocephalichthys but differs in various aspects noted earlier by Kottelat and Lim (1992) including: relatively small adult size; scaleless…

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