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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4422.4.2

A new species of Schistura (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the south-western lowlands of Sri Lanka

HIRANYA SUDASINGHE

Abstract


Schistura scripta, new species, is described from Nakiyadeniya in the south-western lowlands of Sri Lanka. It can be distinguished from all other congeners from Sri Lankan and peninsular India by the combination of the following characters: an incomplete lateral line with 53–76 pores, ending beneath the dorsal-fin base or slightly beyond; 7–13 post-dorsal bars; 7½ branched dorsal-fin rays; absence of an axillary pelvic lobe; and absence of a suborbital flap.

 


Keywords


Pisces, Schistura notostigma, Schistura madhavai, biodiversity hotspot, microendemism

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