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Pseudolaguvia lapillicola Britz, Ali & Raghavan, 2013

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Pseudolaguvia lapillicola, is described from southern Karnataka, Peninsular India. It is distinguished from other congeners by its colour pattern consisting of a yellow brown ground colour with peppering of dark brown to black spots, two incomplete cream vertical bands restricted to ventral side of body and a crescentic mark at the base of the caudal fin separated from subdistal caudal fin blotches. It is similar to P. foveolata from West Bengal and the only other congener from Peninsular India, P. austrina, in having a rhomboid adhesive thoracic disc reaching posteriorly only to middle of pectoral-fin base, but is distinguished from these two species by details of body proportions. Remarks: Externally, these fish resemble members of the sisorid catfish genus Glyptothorax. Pseudolaguvia is diagnosed by the presence of a short thoracic adhesive apparatus with median depression; wide gill openings nearly meeting one another on the underside of the body; serrations on anterior margin of pectoral fin spine pointing toward tip; smooth to granulate anterior margin on the dorsal fin spine; slender body; papillate upper lip; and 8–10 anal fin rays. Both the dorsal fin and pectoral fin have strong spines. The head and body are slightly depressed. The eyes are small, dorsal, and located in the middle of the head. The barbels are annulated with black rings.

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Asia: Western Ghats in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka.




22-24°C (71-75°F)




Britz, R., Ali, A. & Raghavan, R. (2013): Pseudolaguvia lapillicola, a new species of catfish from Peninsular India (Teleostei: Sisoridae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 23 (4) [2012]: 289-295.
Thomson, Alfred W.; Page, Lawrence M. (2006). "Genera of the Asian Catfish Families Sisoridae and Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes). Zootaxa 1345: 1–96.
Ng, Heok Hee (2005). "Two new species of Pseudolaguvia (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from Bangladesh. Zootaxa 1044: 35–47.
Ng, Heok Hee (2006). "Pseudolaguvia ferula, a new species of sisoroid catfish (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from India. Zootaxa 1229: 59–68.
Britz, Ralf; Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2003). "A new species of the Asian catfish genus Pseudolaguvia from Myanmar (Teleostei: Ostariophysi: Siluriformes: Erethistidae). Zootaxa 388: 1–8.



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