Pseudolaguvia lapillicola, is described from
southern Karnataka, Peninsular India. Description:
It is similar to P. foveolata from West Bengal
and the only other congener from Peninsular India,
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. Colouration:
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.
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.
Remarks: Ferraris (2007) stated that the
Erethistidae be moved back into the Sisoridae family
and depending on what literature you have accessed,
be it books or the internet, there are conflicting
views on what family it belongs to, Erethistidae or
Sisoridae. In Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes the current
name is valid and it is placed in the Sisoridae family.
Asia:Western Ghats in the Southern Indian state
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)
: 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.