Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus

Li 1989

Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus
Redrawn by Rhian Kendall from Li (1989)


Anchicyclocheilus halfibindus  Li and Lan 1992

Sinocyclocheilus halfibindus  (Li and Lan 1992) Wang and Chen 1998




Holotype: TMNH 8650212, 108.1mm SL. Paratypes (12): TMNH 8650211, 8650213-8650223, 55.5mm - 123.36mm SL. All paratypes except 8650221 and 8650222 are kept with the holotype. The latter two are kept at the Guangxi Museum.


Known only from the type locality, Sha Cave, Luo-lou village, Ling Yun County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, China (24o20’N, 106o49’E).


No details known.


A member of the subfamily Barbinae. Most closely related to Sinocyclocheilus jii which may be a troglophilic species (Chen and Yang, 1993b). Wang and Chen (1998) revised the diagnosis of the genus Sinocyclocheilus.

Conservation Status

TLO [VU D2:2.3:1996]

(Kottelat, M. 1996. Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: Downloaded on 04 July 2017).

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Li, G. L. Journal Article 1989 On a new fish of the genus Sinocyclocheilus from Guangxi, China
Chen, Y.R. and Yang, J.X. Journal Article 1993 Species and origin of cave dwelling Sinocyclocheilus fishes
Chen, Y.R. and Yang, J.X. Journal Article 1993 A synopsis of cavefishes from China
Wang, D and Chen, YY Journal Article 1998 On the diagnosis of Sinocyclocheilus and the taxonomic position of its closely related genus Anchicyclocheilus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae: Barbinae)
Xiao, H, Zhang, R, Feng, J, Ou, Y., M, Li, W, Chen, S and Zan, R Journal Article 2002 Nuclear DNA content and ploidy of seventeen species of fishes in Sinocyclocheilus