Wednesday, December 11, 2013

[Ichthyology • 2010] Betadevario ramachandrani • A New danionine Genus and Species (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Danioninae) from the Western Ghats of India

Betadevario ramachandrani 
Pramod, Fang, Rema Devi, Liao, Indra, Jameela Beevi & Kullander 2010

Betadevario, new genus, with the single species B. ramachandrani, new species, from Karnataka, southwestern India, is closely related to Devario but differs from it in having two pairs of long barbels (vs. two pairs of short or rudimentary barbels, or barbels absent), wider cleithral spot which extends to cover three scales horizontally (vs. covering only one scale in width), long and low laminar preorbital process (vs. absent or a slender pointed spine-like process) along the anterior margin of the orbit, a unique flank colour pattern with a wide dark band along the lower side, bordered dorsally by a wide light stripe (vs. vertical bars, or stripes narrow and usually in greater number).

Key words: Karnataka, endemism, Devario, Danio, cytochrome b, rhodopsin, phylogeny

Pramod, P.K., F. Fang, K. Rema Devi, T.-Y. Liao, T.J. Indra, K.S. Jameela Beevi & S. O. Kullander. 2010. Betadevario ramachandrani, A New danionine Genus and Species from the Western Ghats of India (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Danioninae). Zootaxa. 2519: 31-47.