Schistura spilota (Fowler, 1934)
photo by JJPhoto

Family:  Nemacheilidae (Brook loaches)
Max. size:  8.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; dH range: 15
Distribution:  Asia: Chao Phraya basin in Thailand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal soft rays: 8-8. A member of the group of species with complete or nearly complete lateral line, 8 1/2 branched dorsal rays, 9+8 branched caudal rays and no sexual dimorphism. Can be distinguished by the following characters: 7-10 bars on body, the anterior ones conspicuously wider than the posterior ones; maximum head width 13.2-18.2% SL; eye diameter 2.7-6.8% SL, 13-31% HL; interorbital width 5.0-6.8% SL, 25-31% HL. Its slender caudal peduncle (1.25-1.53 times longer than deep; length 14.4-17.7% SL; depth 10.2-13.9% SL) and its peculiar color pattern with posterior bars usually forming large round blotches along lateral line allow to distinguish it from its Indochinese congeners (Ref. 39226).
Biology:  A 7.17 cm SL specimen has unidentifiable vegetal remains in its stomach (Ref. 39226).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 08 March 2012 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.05.97
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 31.10.12
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.09.01

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