Cobitis crassicauda Chen & Chen, 2013

Family:  Cobitidae (Spined loaches)
Max. size:  9.55 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: River Xinjiang, a tributary of the Lake Poyang, River Yangtze system in China.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 5-5. This species can be diagnosed from all congeners by having the following combination of characters: two stripe above lateral line, exceeding posteriorly the length of pectoral fins, and then scattered cloudly speckles between dorsal blotches and latera spots; 10-13 elongated oval blotches along midlateral line of body; one distintict black elongated or semicircular spot at the base of the caudal fin; slender and long needle-shaped lamina circularis in males; scales slightly elongated, with small focal area; caudal pedunce depth 1.1-1.2 (mean 1.1) times of its length in females and 1.1 in males; 4+37-38+1 vertebrae (Ref. 95089).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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