Oreichthys coorgensis (Jayaram, 1982)
Oreichthys coorgensis
photo by Knight, J.D.M. / Kumar, R.G.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  2.73 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Cauvery River in Karnataka, India.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Oreichthys coorgensis is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: 22-23+1-2 scales in the longitudinal series with 5-8 pored scales; ½3/1/2½ scales in the transverse row; 6-7 predorsal scales; and a faint black spot on the caudal fin base, which may not be consistent (Ref. 99423). Description: Dorsal-fin rays iii, 9; anal-fin rays ii, 7; pectoral-fin rays i,10; pelvic-fin rays i, 7 (Ref. 99423).
Biology:  Found only in the headwaters of the Cauvery in Karnataka, in close association with submerged vegetation and debris in shallow waters, with little or no current, along the margins of swift running hill streams (Ref. 99423).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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