Triplophysa jiarongensis Lin, Li & Song, 2012

Family:  Nemacheilidae (Brook loaches)
Max. size:  6.41 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Xijiang system in Guizhou Province, China.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal soft rays: 8-8; Vertebrae: 38-38. Distinguished from its congeners by the possession of the following combination of characters: highly developed pectoral fin, reaching the origin of pelvic fin; emarginate caudal fin; distal margin of dorsal fin truncate; dorsal-fin origin posterior to vertical line of pelvic fin origin; pelvic fin tip reaching beyond anus; distal margin of anal fin truncate; adipose-like fin present, along dorsal and ventral edge of caudal peduncle; dorsal fin with 8 branched rays; pectoral fin with 11 branched rays; total vertebrae 4 + 34; pigmentation degenerated; body scaleless and smooth; eyes completely degenerated; and anterior chamber of air-bladder wrapped in body capsule, posterior chamber of air-bladder well developed (Ref. 91758).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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