Sinocyclocheilus lingyunensis

Li, Xiao, Zan, Luo and Li 2000







Holotype: 990418004 110mm SL. Paratypes: 990418002 – 03, 990418005 – 08, 990420001 – 02, 990422001 – 04 (12 specimens) 64-137mm SL. Types kept at Heilongtan Reservoir, Shilin County, Yunnan, China and Department of Biology, Yunnan University.


Known only from the type locality: Shadong Cave, Lingyun County, Guangxi, China (24o20’N, 106o32’E). This species coexists at the type locality with Triplophysa lingyunensis and Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus (Romero et al. 2009, Li et al. 2000). This in one of only two known instances where three troglobitic fishes are found together, the other being Garra typhlops, Garra lorestanensis and Eidinemacheilius smithi in Iran.



No published details.


Morphologically similar to Sinocyclocheilus jii Zhang and Dai 1992.

Peng and Yang (2021) determine the complete mitochondrial genome of this species. Their phylogenetic conclusions were that it is sister species to S. yishanensis (a troglophile) and these two species together are sister to S. ronganensis (questionably a troglobite). All three species are members of the clade cyphotergous.

Biological Notes

Shadong Cave also contains a very troglomorphic crustacean Macrobrachium lingyunense Li, Cai and Clarke, 2006 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palaemonidae) (Pan, Hou and Li 2010).

Conservation Status


Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Li, WX, Xiao, H, Zan, RG, Luo, ZF and Li, HG Journal Article 2000 A new species of Sinocyclocheilus from Giangxi, China
Li, J., Cai, Y. and Clarke, A. Journal Article 2006 A new species of troglobitic freshwater prawn of the genus Macrobrachium from southern China (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palaemonidae)
Pan, Y., Hou, Z. and Li, S. Journal Article 2010 Description of a new Macrobrachium species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae) from a cave in Guangxi, with a synopsis of the stygobiotic Decapoda in China.
Chen, H., Li, C., Liu, T., Chen, S. and Xiao, H. Journal Article 2019 A metagenomic study of intestinal microbial diversity in relation to feeding habits of surface and cave-dwelling Sinocyclocheilus species
Lunghi, E., Zhao, Y., Sun, X. and Zhao, Y. Journal Article 2019 Morphometrics of eight Chinese cavefish species
Mao, T.-R., Liu, Y.-W., Meegaskumbura, M., Yang, J., Ellepola, G., Senevirathne, G., Fu, C.-H., Gross, J.B. and Pie, M.R. Journal Article 2020 Evolution in Sinocyclocheilus cavefish is marked by rate shifts, reversals and origin of novel traits
Zhao, Y., Zhang, C. and Proudlove, G.S. Book 2021 Fishes of the Genus Sinocyclocheilus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in China. Systematics, biology, biogeography and cave adaptation
Peng, L. and Yang, J. Journal Article 2021 Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of Sinocyclocheilus lingyunensis (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae)