This is the report of a new species of catﬁsh, Kryptoglanis shajii nov. gen. and nov. sp., distinguished from all other genera of siluriform ﬁshes by the combination of the following morphological characters: viz. the absence of dorsal ﬁn; the presence of four pairs of barbels; an upwardly directed mouth, with a distinctly projecting lower jaw; subcutaneous eyes; anal ﬁn completely conﬂuent with the caudal ﬁn; anal and caudal ﬁns together carry 70–74 ﬁn rays; and no spines in any of the ﬁns. Kryptoglanis, which has a maximum recorded size of 59.1 mm in standard length, was collected from a well fed by subterranean springs. The type locality is a well located at the extreme western part of Western Ghats, near Chalakudy in Thrissur district, Kerala State, India.
Vincent, M. & Thomas, J. 2011. Kryptoglanis shajii, an enigmatic subterranean-spring catfish (Siluriformes, Incertae sedis) from Kerala, India. Ichthyological Research, 58 (2): 161-165.: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10228-011-0206-6