Saturday, December 31, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2016] Rasbora ataenia • A New Freshwater Fish from Kerala, India

Rasbora ataenia 
Plamoottil, 2016 

 Taxonomic analysis of five specimens of a cyprinid fish collected from Alappuzha, Kerala, India revealed that they present several taxonomic differences from their congeners. The new species, Rasbora ataenia, is diagnosed by a combination of the following characters: dorsal fin with seven branched rays, anal fin with five branched rays, body slender and without any lateral color stripe, head deeper and snout shorter.

Keywords: Taxonomy, New description, Cyprinids, Rasbora dandia, Alappuzha.


Etymology: Feminine Latin noun 'taenia' meaning ribbon or band; prefix ‘a’ means ‘without’; the name 'ataenia' used here in reference to the absence of a mid lateral color band on the body of the new fish.

 Mathews Plamoottil. 2016. Rasbora ataenia, A New Freshwater Fish from Kerala, India. International Journal of Innovative Studies in Aquatic Biology and Fisheries (IJISABF). 2(5); 20-24. 

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