Metadata

Schistura larketensis

Choudhury, Mukhim, Basumatary, Warbah and Sarma 2017

ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae

Synonyms

None.

None

Country

India

Types

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.

Distribution

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.

Habitat

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.

Systematics

No published details.

Conservation Status

TLO [NE]

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Kottelat, M., Harries, D.R. and Proudlove, G.S. 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
Gebauer, H.D. Book 2011 Resources on the speleology of Meghalaya state (India) Part 3: West Khasi Hills, vol 42
Kottelat, M. Journal Article 2012 Conspectus cobitidum: An inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei)
Tringham, M. Book Section 2012 The geology of the Kopili area in relation to its caves
Khynriam, D and Sen, N Journal Article 2014 Taxonomic Study on Nemacheiline Loaches of North East India
Absar, P.F., Mitra, S. and Kharkongor, I.J. Journal Article 2017 Teretamon spelaeum, a new species of freshwater crab (Crustacea: Decapoda: Potamidae) from a limestone cave in Meghalaya, India
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
Saikia, U., Thabah, A., Chachula, O.M. and Ruedi, M. Book Section 2018 The bat fauna of Meghalaya, northeast India: Diversity and conservation