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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 29, No. 4, 2008, pp. 452-454
Bioline Code: zr08069
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2008, pp. 452-454

 en A New Blind Underground Species of the Genus Protocobitis (Cobitidae) from Guangxi, China
ZHU, Yu; LÜ, Ye-jian; YANG, Jun-xing & ZHANG, Sheng

Abstract

A new species of the genus Protocobitis, was discovered in an underground water source (110 m depth) located about 5 km away from the county town of Wuming, Guangxi, China, in May 2006. The new species, Protocobitis polylepis check for this species in other resources sp. nov., is distinguished from the single congener by the following characteristics: 1) light black pigmentation present vs. no pigmentation; 2) entire body covered with scales except for its head and abdomen vs. rudimentary scales present only along the midline of the body; 3) head length 24.1%-24.8% of SL vs. 19.8-22.1% of SL; 4) body depth 16.2%-16.3% of SL vs. 11.5%-13.0% of SL; 5) Inner rostral barbel length 19.8%-21.0% of head length vs. 9.4%-11.8% of head length; outer rostral barbel length 28.6%-30.2 % of head length vs. 15.3%-21.8% of head length; maxillary barbell length 44.6%-46.0% of head length vs. 22.4%-31.8% of head length.

Keywords
Protocobitis; New species; Guangxi

 
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