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Pseudecheneis stenura Ng, 2006

Image contributors to this species:

Zhou Hang (3)  

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal soft rays: 9 - 12; Vertebrae: 37 - 40. Can be separated from different species of the genus Pseudecheneis by having the following characters: pelvic fin reaching base of the first anal-fin ray (vs. not reaching in Pseudecheneis sulcata); pectoral fin reaching origin of pelvic fin (vs. not reaching in Pseudecheneis crassicauda; length of adipose- fin base 125-166.7% in length of anal-fin base (vs. longer than 200% in Pseudecheneis serracula); separate pelvic fins (vs. fused in Pseudecheneis sympelvica); thoracic apparatus with 15-19 transverse ridges/laminae (vs. 9-13 in Pseudecheneis paviei); deeper forked caudal fin, shortest ray of caudal fin circa 50% of longest ray (vs. 75% in other congeners, except Pseudecheneis gracilis). Distinguished from Pseudecheneis gracilis in having the following features: two ovoid yellow patches on dorsal fin (vs. a saddle patch); head length 20.1-23.7% SL (vs. 14.9-18.6); postorbital head length 8.5-11.4% in head length (vs. 4.5-5.9); and body depth 67.1-88.5% in head length (vs. 73.9-112.2%). Other useful distinguishing characters include the following: premaxillary tooth band semicircular and two or four teeth along its outer edge; body covered with dense, rounded tubercles distributed irregularly; tubercles decreasing in density gradually from occipital to caudal peduncle with almost no tubercles; and vertebrae 39.

Common Name:







Asia: Irrawaddy drainage, China. Type locality: Longchuanjiang at Lianmengjie bridge (Irrawaddy River drainage), Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan, China.


18cm. (7ins)


20-24°c (67-75°f.)




Zhou, W., X. Li and Y. Yang, 2008. A review of the catfish genus Pseudecheneis (Siluriformes: Sisoridae) from China, with the description of four new species from Yunnan. Raffles Bull. Zool. 56(1):107-124.
Ng, H.H., 2006. The identity of Pseudecheneis sulcata (M'Clelland, 1842), with descriptions of two new species of rheophilic catfish (Teleostei: Sisoridae) from Nepal and China. Zootaxa 1254:45-68.



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