Thursday, June 30, 2011

[Ichthyology • 2011] ปลาค้อทองผาภูมิ | Schistura aurantiaca • A New Species (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the Mae Khlong basin, western Thailand

Schistura aurantiaca  Plongsesthee, Page & Beamish 2011

Schistura aurantiaca, new species, is described from the Mae Khlong basin in western Thailand. It is distinguished from all other species of Schistura by a unique color pattern of 3-9 orange bars on the side of the body, with the 1st bar immediately behind the head and the 2nd bar near the dorsal-fin origin and widely separated so that most of the nape and the anterior side of the body are uniformly brown. The species reaches only 41 mm SL and inhabits shallow gravel and rubble riffles in small streams.

Etymology. The name, aurantiaca, Latin adjective for orange-colored, is in reference to the orange bars on this species.

Schistura aurantiaca
photo:  Nonn Panitvong |

Plongsesthee, R., Page, L.M. & Beamish, W. 2011. Schistura aurantiaca, A New Species from the Mae Khlong basin, Thailand (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 22 (2): 169-178. :