Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Botiidae
(Pointface loaches) > Leptobotiinae
Etymology: micra: From the Greek micros, meaning small, in reference to the fact that the species is the smallest known
species of the genus, with females as small as 4.5 cm SL developing oocytes. An adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Subtropical
Asia: upper River Li in Guangxi province, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116421)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 38. Leptobotia micra is diagnosed from all its congeners by a combination of the following
characters: absence of dark bars or dorsal saddles on body; a row of white dots along dorsal midline; 4+34 vertebrae; predorsal distance 58.1-59.0% SL; eye diameter 1.8?2.0% SL; pelvic fins not reaching anus; caudin fin emarginate (length of median rays 1.3?1.4 times in length of lower lobe); and the anus positioned distinctly closer to anal-fin origin than to pelvic-fin base (Ref. 116421).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bohlen, J. and V. Slechtová, 2017. Leptobotia micra, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Botiidae) from Guilin, southern China. Zootaxa 4250(1):90-100. (Ref. 116421)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00603 (0.00260 - 0.01395), b=3.03 (2.83 - 3.23), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .