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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4300.1.2

Schistura epixenos, a new species of loach from the Nakai Plateau, Laos (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae)

MAURICE KOTTELAT

Abstract


Schistura epixenos, new species, is described from the Nakai Plateau in Laos. It is distinguished from its congeners in Southeast Asia with a pattern of dark brown bars on a pale brown background by a combination of characters including, among others, a slender body, body with 13–17 bars reaching downwards to the level of the pectoral fin, a complete lateral line, scales present in the predorsal area, and the pelvic-fin origin below the dorsal-fin origin.

 


Keywords


Pisces, Cypriniformes, Mekong, Nam Theun, Xe Bangfai

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