Troglonectes elongatus

(Tang, Zhao and Zhang 2012) Zhang and Zhou 2016

CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae


Oreonectes elongatus  Tang, Zhao and Zhang 2012




Holotype: ASIZB [now NZMC] 189288 78.2mm SL. Paratypes: ASIZB [now NZMC] 189289 78.1mm SL, SCAU 20100106 76.4mm SL


Type locality: Donglei Cave, Mulun Township, Huanjiang County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Known also from a small number of other caves in the same area, including Shangzhaida Cave.


No details are provided of the habitats where the fishes were collected.


The closest known taxon may be Troglonectes translucens.

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

Tang, L., Zhao, Y.H. and Zhang, C.G. Journal Article 2012 A new bling loach, Oreonectes elongatus sp. nov. (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae) from Guangxi, China
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