Triplophysa luochengensis

Li, Lan, Chen and Du 2017

CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae






Holotype: KIZ 2014005967 ♀ 53.8mm SL. Paratypes: PRFRI 20141122, KIZ 2014005968 - KIZ 2014005970 43.6mm - 48.3mm SL


Known only from the type locality: A cave in Jicheng Village, Luocheng County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonamous Region, China. 24o47'55.65"N, 108o44'40.27"E.


The stream is found 40m from, and 10m below, the cave entrance. The fish is found in pools with a substrate of mud and cobbles. Ther are >20 pools of 5-50m2 and water depth of 1-3m. Triplophysa luochengensis coexists within this cave with four other fish species: Pteorocryptis anomala (Siluridae, probably epigean and accidental), Sinocyclocheilus brevis (Cyprinidae, troglobitic), Troglonectes microphthalmus (Nemachelidae, troglobitic), and Bibarba parvoculus (Cobitidae, troglobitic). This is the only cave known with four coexisting troglobitic spcies of fishes.


No published details. A good comparison of subterranean Triplophysa species is provided by Wu et al. (2018).

Conservation Status


Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Wang, Y., Shen, Y., Feng, C., Zhao, K., Song, Z., Zhang, Y., Yang, L. and He, S. Journal Article 2016 Mitogenomic perspectives on the origin of Tibetan loaches and their adaptation to high altitude
Li, J., Lan, J.H., Chen, X.Y. and Du, L.N. Journal Article 2017 Description of Triplophysa luochengensis sp.nov. (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from a karst cave in Guangxi, China
Li, J.X. Wang, Y., Jina H.F.,Li, W.J., Yan, C.C., Yan, P.F., Zhang, X.Y., He, S.P. and Song, Z.B. Journal Article 2017 Identification of Triplophysa species from the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) and its adjacent regions through DNA barcodes
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)