Triplophysa shilinensis

Chen and Yang 1992

Triplophysa shilinensis
Illustation by Rod Holt from Chen, Yang and Xu (1992)
CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae






Holotype: KIZ 913001, 61mm SL. Paratype: KIZ 913002, 60mm SL.


Known only from the type locality: Weiboyi Cave, Weiboyi Village, (near to the famous Stone Forest), Yunnan Province, China (24o47’N, 103o22’E).


The only details provided are that the cave consists of a shaft 109m deep which intersects a river where the fishes were collected. Current velocity was 0.3ms-1 and water depth 0.2-0.3m (Chen, Yang and Xu 1992).


Chen, Yang and Xu (1992) consider that this species is most closely related to the hypogean species Triplophysa yunnanensis and Triplophysa gejiuensis and the epigean Triplophysa nanpanjiangensis. It is suggested that T. shilinensis and T. gejiuensis share a common ancestor which evolved from T. nanpanjiangensis. A good comparison of subterranean Triplophysa species is provided by Wu et al. (2018).

Conservation Status


Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Chen, Y.R., Yang, J.X. and Xu, G.C. Journal Article 1992 A new blind loach of Triplophysa from Yunnan Stone Forest with comments on its phylogenetic relationship
Yang, J. X. and Chen, Y. R. Journal Article 1993 The cavefishes from Jiuxiang Limestone Cave of Yunnan, China with reference to character evolutions
Kottelat, M. Journal Article 2012 Conspectus cobitidum: An inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei)
Zhang, C.G. and Zhou, Y.H. Book 2016 Species diversity and distribution of inland fishes in China
Zhang, Y., Wang, Z., Zhang, Z., Wu, M.. Chen, J. and Zhao, Y. Journal Article 2018 The complete mitochondrial genome of Triplophysa brevibarba with phylogenetic consideration
Wu, W.J., He, A.Y., Yang, J.X. and Du, L.N. Journal Article 2018 Description of a new species of Triplophysa (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from Guizhou Province, China
Yang, X., Liu, H., Ma, Z., Zou, Y., Zou, M., Mao, Y., Li, X., Wang, H., Chen, T.,Wang, W. and Yang, R. Journal Article 2019 Chromosome‐level genome assembly of Triplophysa tibetana, a fish adapted to the harsh high‐altitude environment of the Tibetan Plateau
He, Y. and He, D.K. Journal Article 2023 X-ray microtomography study of cranium, pectoral fin and girdle, and Weberian Apparatus development in juvenile Triplophysa stewarti (Nemacheilidae)