Monday, February 6, 2012

[Ichthyology • 2005] Puntius tiantian & P. didi • Two new species of Puntius (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from northern Myanmar


Young specimen of Puntius didi
Photo: © Choy Heng Wah from seriouslyfish.com

Puntius tiantian is described  from Putao  in northernmost Myanmar, diagnosed by having a dark vertical  bar anteriorly on  the side, a dark blotch on the caudal peduncle, slender and weakly serrated  last unbranched dorsal  fin ray, and complete lateral line. Puntius didi is described  based  on material from Myitkyina and Indawgyi Lake. It is similar to P. tiantian in  color  pattern,  but possesses a thicker and more strongly serrated  last unbranched  dorsal fin ray, and a shorter lateral line perforating only 6-10  scales. The single record of P. phutunio from  Myanmar most likely  represents misidentified  P. didi. 

Photo: © Choy Heng Wah from seriouslyfish.com

Adult male Puntius tiantian 
Photo by © Graham Ramsay from seriouslyfish.com

Kullander, S.O. and F. Fang. 2005. Two new species of Puntius from northern Myanmar (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Copeia. (2): 290-302. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4098536

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