Sunday, March 16, 2014

[Ichthyology • 2012] Schistura pantherina Schistura (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) in the Mae Khlong basin in southwestern Thailand with description of a new species


Schistura pantherina
 
Page, Plongsesthee, Beamish, Kangrang, Randall, Singer & Martin 2012

Abstract
Recent fieldwork has revealed the presence of six species of Schistura McClelland 1838 in the Mae Khlong basin in southwestern Thailand. These include S. sexcauda (Fowler 1937), S. balteata (Rendahl 1948), S. mahnerti Kottelat 1990, the recently described S. aurantiaca Plongsesthee et al. 2011 and S. tenebrosa Kangrang et al. 2012, and a newly discovered species described herein. Schistura sexcauda previously was the only Schistura species known in the Mae Khlong, and it was mis-identified as S. desmotes (Fowler 1934). Schistura pantherina, n. sp., is easily distinguished from all other species of Schistura by its distinctive color pattern. It appears to be endemic to the Mae Nam Kwai Noi system. 
Key words: Pisces, Cypriniformes, Schistura sexcauda, Schistura desmotes


Type locality: Thailand, Kanchanaburi Prov., Thong Pha Phum, Mae Khlong basin, Mae Nam Kwai Noi system, Kroeng Krawia,  
Etymology: The name pantherina from the Latin means 'like a panther,' is in reference to the spotted pattern on the dorsum and sides of some members of the felid genus Panthera.


Page, L.M.; Plongsesthee, R.; Beamish, F.W.H.; Kangrang, P.; Randall, Z.S.; Singer, R.A.; Martin, Z.P. 2012. Schistura (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) in the Mae Khlong basin in southwestern Thailand with description of a new species. Zootaxa, 3586: 319-328.

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