Schistura kohchangensis (Smith, 1933)
photo by Janiczak, B.J.

Family:  Nemacheilidae (Brook loaches)
Max. size:  7.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: southeastern Thailand in provinces Trat, Chantaburi, Chonburi and on Koh Chang island; apparently restricted to small coastal streams (Ref. 39226), but may possibly be found all along the mountain range, including the Mekong basin (Ref. 12693).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Consists of 10-12 dark bars usually vertically split; 8+8 branched caudal rays; 8 1/2 branched dorsal rays; males with a suborbital flap and absence of median notch in lower jaw (Ref. 39226). Lateral line complete or incomplete, at least reaching to tips of pelvic fins; caudal fin with 5-7 very irregular rows of spots on rays; scales lacking between pectoral fins, but present on back (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Inhabit small, shallow, high gradient streams with gravel and boulder substrates in forests. Diet probably consists of insect larvae and some algae, as seen in other nemacheilines (Ref. 12693). A female 5.24 cm SL contains ovulae about 0.7 mm diameter (Ref. 39226).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 08 July 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 30.04.97
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 31.10.12
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 22.07.01

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