Thursday, April 9, 2015

[Ichthyology • 2015] Badis britzi • A New Percomorph Fish (Teleostei: Badidae) from the Western Ghats of India


Badis britzi
Dahanukar, Kumar, Katwate & Raghavan, 2015

Abstract

Badis britzi, the first species of the genus endemic to southern India, is described from the Nagodi tributary of the west-flowing Sharavati River in Karnataka. It is distinguished from congeners by a combination of characters including a slender body, 21–24 pored lateral-line scales and a striking colour pattern consisting of 11 bars and a mosaic of black and red pigmentation on the side of the body including the end of caudal peduncle, and the absence of cleithral, opercular, or caudal-peduncle blotches, or an ocellus on the caudal-fin base. Badis triocellus Khynriam & Sen is considered a junior synonym of B. singenensis Geetakumari & Kadu.

Keywords: freshwater fish, Karnataka, Perciformes, Sharavati



 Dahanukar, N., Kumar, P., Katwate, U. & Raghavan, R. 2015. Badis britzi, A New Percomorph Fish (Teleostei: Badidae) from the Western Ghats of India. Zootaxa. 3941 (3): 429–436. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3941.3.9

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