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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3835.3.7

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

LI-HUI XIU, JIAN YANG, HUI-FANG ZHENG

Abstract


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.

 


Keywords


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

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