Brevibora cheeya Liao & Tan, 2011

Family:  Danionidae (Danios), subfamily: Rasborinae
Max. size:  2.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Malaysia and Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 31-32. Brevibora cheeya is distinguished from B. dorsiocellata by the complete lateral line (25-30 perforated scales vs. 4-9), more scales along the lateral row (29-32 vs. 25-27), larger size (up to 39.0 mm SL vs. 23.0 mm SL); and larger head and prepectoral length (head length 28.5-30.0% SL, vs. 24.4-27.9; prepectoral length 29.6-32.9% SL, vs. 25.8-28.8). Body laterally compressed, rather elongated. Head short. Snout pointed. Mouth terminal, reaching vertical of anterior orbit. Dorsal-fi n origin at highest point of body outline. Predorsal contour almost straight, with a slight depression on snout. Ventral outline slightly curved from tip of snout to the middle of caudal peduncle. Barbel, keel and tubercles absent (Ref. 86526).
Biology:  The type locality is in a coastal heath forest where the habitat consists mainly of Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) stands on sandy and peaty substrate; waters are tannin stained, slow flowing, and acidic (pH 4.5, measurement done in February 2009) (Ref. 65950).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 December 2018 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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