Friday, September 8, 2017

[Ichthyology • 2017] Vanmanenia orcicampus • A New Species of Loach (Teleostei: Gastromyzontidae) from the Plain of Jars, central Laos

Vanmanenia orcicampus  Kottelat, 2017 

 Vanmanenia orcicampus, new species, is described from the Nam Ngum drainage on the Plain of Jars, central Laos. It is distinguished from its congeners by its colour pattern consisting of a midlateral row of six blotches, a middorsal row of six saddles and vermiculations between the rows of blotches and saddles and on the rest of the flank. Furthermore, it has a slender caudal peduncle (depth 1.5 times in its length, 2.5 times in body depth) and 12-14 branched pectoral-fin rays.

Fig. 1. Vanmanenia orcicampus, MHNG 2767.094, holotype, 47.5 mm SL; Laos: Nam Ngum on Plain of Jars. 

Maurice Kottelat. 2017. Vanmanenia orcicampus, A New Species of Loach from the Plain of Jars, Laos (Teleostei: Gastromyzontidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters. 28(1); 87-95.