Odontobutis hikimius Iwata & Sakai, 2002

Family:  Odontobutidae (Freshwater sleepers)
Max. size:  15.62 cm SL (male/unsexed); 15.54 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-7; Vertebrae: 32-33. Connection present between lower end of transverse sensory papillae row (papillae group 17) and lower part of longitudinal sensory papillae row (papillae group 19) on opercle, separate in all congeners. Upper and lower branched caudal fin rays 8 + 7 (7-8 +6-8); upper and lower segmented caudal fin rays 9 + 8 (9-10+8). Head depressed. Mouth large, obliquely upwards (Ref. 41509).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 02 March 2018 (B1a) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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