Tuesday, August 16, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2015] Revision of the Hillstream Lizard Loaches, Genus Balitoropsis (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae)

FIGURE 7. Lateral views of living Balitoropsis zollingeri. (A) UF 235547, 61.7 mm SL; Kelantan, Malaysia. (B) UF 235545, 27.3 mm SL; Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Scale bar 5 mm.
FIGURE 10. Original drawings from Bleeker (1863–1864). (A) Balitoropsis zollingeri, (B) B. ophiolepis. Positions modified from original publication. Designation of lateral view of B. ophiolepis as “Fig. 4” is an error.

The genus Balitoropsis Smith 1945 consists of two species, B. zollingeri (Bleeker 1853) and B. ophiolepis (Bleeker 1853). Homaloptera maxinae Fowler 1937, Balitoropsis bartschi Smith 1945, and Homaloptera nigra Alfred 1969 are junior synonyms of B. zollingeri. Balitoropsis zollingeri has been reported from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, and B. ophiolepis is known from Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.

Keywords: Homaloptera zollingeri, Homaloptera ophiolepis, Balitoropsis bartschi, Homaloptera maxinae, Homaloptera nigra, Southeast Asia, Pisces

Randall, Zachary S. and Patrick A. Riggs. 2015. Revision of the Hillstream Lizard Loaches, Genus Balitoropsis (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae). Zootaxa. 3962(1); 206–225.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3962.1.13

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