Troglonectes macrolepis

(Huang, Du, Chen and Yang 2009) Zhang and Zhou 2016

CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae


Oreonectes macrolepis  Huang, Du, Chen and Yang 2009




Holotype: KIZ 2008008131 54.8mm SL

Paratypes: KIZ 2008007294-7300, 2008008130, 2008008132 39.9mm - 64.2mm SL.


Pearl River drainage, Maonan County, Huanjiang City, Guangxi, China.


No details known.


Transferred to the hypogean-restricted genus Troglonectes by Zhang and Zhao (2016).

There are 19 described species in the genus Troglonectes (Eschmeyer 2022), all expect one are hypogean fishes with reduced eyes, reduced pigment and reduced scales. The only epigean member of the genus is Troglonectes hechiensis Zhao, Liu, Du and Luo 2021. The epigean species is a member of a monophyletic group which also contains T. furcocaudalis, T. daqikongensis, T. jiarongensis and T. shuilongensis (Zhao, Liu, Du and Luo 2021).

Conservation Status

MuG [NE]

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Du, L. N., Chen, X. Y. and Yang, J.X. Journal Article 2008 A review of the Nemacheilinae genus Oreonectes Gunther with descriptions of two new species (Teleostei : Balitoridae)
Huang, AM, Du, L. N., Chen, XY and Yang, J Journal Article 2009 Oreonectes macrolepis, a new nemacheiline loach of genus Oreonectes (Balitoridae) from Guangxi, China
Kottelat, M. Journal Article 2012 Conspectus cobitidum: An inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei)
Fenolio, D.B., Zhao, Y., Niemiller, M.L. and Stout, J.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, Y.H. Book 2016 Species diversity and distribution of inland fishes in China
Huang, J.Q., Yang, J., Wu, Z.Q. and Zhao, Y.H. Journal Article 2019 Oreonectes guilinensis (Teleostei, Cypriniformes, Nemacheilidae), a new loach species from Guangxi, China
Zhao, L.-X., Liu, J.-H., Du, L.N. and Luo, F.G. Journal Article 2021 A new loach species of Troglonectes (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from Guangxi, China