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Oreonectes anophthalmus

Zheng 1981

Oreonectes anophthalmus
Redrawn by Rhian Kendall from Zheng (1981)
ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae

Synonyms

None.

Country

China

Types

Holotype: DZRAS 77001 41.3mm "body length". Paratypes: HRS 77002‑4 26.5mm‑32.7mm "body length"; HRS 78001 ‑ 2 27.1mm and 32.2mm "body length"; GM (no ref. number) 26.0mm "body length".

Distribution

Known only from the type locality: Taiji Cave, Qifeng Mountain, Wuming, Guangxi, China (23o12’N, 108o18’E). This species coexists with Sinocyclocheilus brevis and Bibarba parvoculus.

Habitat

Information on the habitat and ecology of this species is provided by Zhao (1983) and Zhou (1985).

Systematics

No information published in English.

Conservation Status

[VU D2:2.3:1996]

(Kottelat, M. 1996. Oreonectes anophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T15478A4632001.en. Downloaded on 05 July 2017). R (IUCN 1990, 1993). Yue and Chen (1998:196-197) observe that this species is attractive to fish collectors and the population size has decreased. The local government is aware of this and taking steps to prevent further losses.

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Zheng, J.Z. Book Section 1981 Oreonectes anophthalmus
Zhao, Z. Journal Article 1983 New discovery of cave blind fish in Wuming, Guangxi
Zhou, J. Journal Article 1985 Fishes in karst caves of Guangxi
Chen, Y. R. and Yang, J. X. Journal Article 1993 A synopsis of cavefishes from China
Yue, P. and Chen, Y. Book 1998 China Red Data Book of Endangered Animals. Pisces
Kottelat, M Journal Article 2012 Conspectus cobitidum: An inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei)
Fenolio, Dante B., Zhao, Yahui, Niemiller, Matthew L. and Stout, Jim F. Journal Article 2013 In-situ observations of seven enigmatic cave loaches and one cave barbel from Guangxi, China, with notes on conservation status
Zhang, C. G. and Zhou, YH Book 2016 Species diversity and distribution of inland fishes in China