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An extraordinary new blind catfish, Xiurenbagrus dorsalis (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Amblycipitidae), from Guangxi, China



Xiurenbagrus dorsalis, a new cave-dwelling amblycipitid catfish species, is described based on one specimen collected from the Pearl River drainage in Guangxi, China. The new species can be distinguished from congeners in having a unique combination of features, including the absence of eyes, long barbels, dorsal-fin origin posterior to vertical line at tip of pectoral fins and an adipose fin confluent with caudal fin. This is the first record of a blind catfish in China.



Siluriformes, Amblycipitidae, Xiurenbagrus, new species, blind fish, China

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