Schistura larketensis

Choudhury, Mukhim, Basumatary, Warbah and Sarma 2017

CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae







Holotype: GUMF 0261 female 54.5 mm SL.  Paratypes: GUMF 0262/3 3 specimens 41.0–54.7 mm SL, GUMF 0263/2 2 specimens 63.1–68.1 mm SL, GUMF 0264/3 3 specimens 49.6–61.3 mm SL, ZSI FF7225 60.4 mm SL.

Zoobank registered.


Known only from the type locality: Krem Khung, about 1.5 km from Larket village, East Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya, India. 25°23ʹ22ʺ N, 92°34ʹ49ʺ E. 880m altitude.


The new species was collected from a small stagnant pool a few square meters in area and about 1 m in depth, located in a wet passage some 500 m from the main entrance of Krem Khung. The pool bed is mostly sandy with scattered pebbles. The water was clear, pH 8.6, and a very low D.O. of 1.1 ppm when analyzed in the month of April 2015. No other macrofauna were recorded inside the cave except weakly-pigmented crabs and crayfish, crickets, cockroaches and millipedes.


No published details.

Conservation Status


Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Kottelat, M, Harries, DR and Proudlove, GS Journal Article 2007 Schistura papulifera, a new specie sof cave loach from Meghalaya, India (Teleostei: Balitoridae)
Harries, D.B., Ware, F.J., Fischer, C.W., Biswas, J. and Kharpran-Daly, B.D. Book 2008 A review of the biospeleology of Meghalaya, India
Biswas, J. Journal Article 2009 The biodiversity of Krem Mawkhyrdop of Megalhaya, India, on the verge of extinction
Tringham, M. Book Section 2012 The geology of the Kopili area in relation to its caves
Choudhury, H., Mukhim, D.K.B., Basumatary, S., Warbah, D.P. and Sarma, D. 2017 Journal Article 2017 Schistura larketensis, a new cavernicolous fish (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from Meghalaya, Northeast India