Acantopsis rungthipae Boyd, Nithirojpakdee & Page, 2017
Piebald horseface loach
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Family:  Cobitidae (Longfin loaches)
Max. size:  11.97 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Tapi, Mae Khlong, Chao Phraya, Bang Pakong, and Welu River basins in Thailand, and Mekong River basin in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Vertebrae: 41-43. Acantopsis rungthipae is distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters; absence of exposed labial barbels; upper margin of caudal-fin base usually with distinct small black spot; side of head with 0-1 row of large spots; absence of large black spots on dorsal or caudal fins; absence of black specks beneath midlateral row of black spots (rarely present); dorsal fin usually with 9½ branched rays and pectoral fin with 10 rays; 10-20 dark saddles along dorsal midline; 9-17 black spots on side of body; 41-43 total vertebrae; and body depth 9.0-14.2% SL, body width 5.3-10.3% SL, caudal-peduncle length 11.5-16.1% SL (Ref. 116755).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 23.12.17

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