Schistura jarutanini

Kottelat 1990

Schistura jarutanini
Drawing by Rhian Kendall from a photograph in Kottelat (1990)
CypriniformesCobitoidei Nemacheilidae


Noemacheilus sp.  Jaruthanin 1987




Holotype: ZSM 27171 58.9mm SL. Paratypes: ZSM/CMK 5991 16 specimens; NIFI uncatalogued 4 specimens; MSNVR 1363. Kottelat (1990a:49) states that only one specimen was given to this institution but goes on to give a size range (45.8mm ‑ 67.2mm SL). This anomaly is unexplained.


Known only from the type locality: Tham Ba Dun, Amphoe Sri Sawat, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand (c.14oN, 99oE). This cave is probably in the Mae Nam Kwae Yai drainage basin.


No published information available.


No published information available.

Conservation Status

TLO [VU D2:3.1:2011]

(Vidthayanon, C. 2011. Schistura jarutanini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: Downloaded on 14 July 2017). This species is only known from subterranean streams in caves in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. Given the limited number of locations, the nature of the hydrological system and the likely limited extent of occurrence, the species is assessed as Vulnerable (D2). Current and potential threats are tourism development and degradation of the surrounding watershed and water quality. R (IUCN 1990), R (IUCN 1993), VU D2 (IUCN 1996, 2000)

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Kottelat, M. Journal Article 1990 New species and populations of cave nemacheilines in south and south-east Asia (Osteichthyes, Balitoridae)
Deharveng, L. and Bedos, A. Book Section 2001 Thailande
Trajano, E., Mugue, N., Krejca, J., Vidthayanon, C., Smart, D. and Borowsky, R. Journal Article 2002 Habitat, distribution, ecology and behaviour of cave balitorids from Thailand (Teleostei: Cypriniformes)
Duboue, E.R. and Borowsky, R. Journal Article 2012 Altered rest-activity patterns evolve via circadian independent mechanisms in cave adapted balitorid loaches
Brancelj, A., Boonyanusith, C., Watiroyram, S. and Sanoamuang, L. Journal Article 2013 The groundwater-dwelling fauna of Southeast Asia
Ellis, M. Journal Article 2018 The recorded fauna of the limestone caves of Thailand to April 2018
Ellis, M. Journal Article 2020 The caves of western and central Thailand
Marak, W.K. and Singh, Y.L. Journal Article 2023 Osteology of incomplete lateral lined schisturid loaches of Meghalaya: a comparative account
Photograph by Jorg Freyhof