Metzia formosae (Oshima, 1920)
photo by CAFS

Family:  Xenocyprididae (East Asian minnows)
Max. size:  7.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Yunnan, China and Taiwan (Ref. 45563); also observed from Viet Nam (Ref. 44416).
Diagnosis:  Head small, pointed and slender; snout short and protruded; mouth slit slanted; large eyes at the center of head, towards tip, interorbital space convex. Long, rhombic body; back behind head convex. Belly scutes from base of pelvic fin to anus. Body gray on back, silvery white on lower sides and belly, a horizontal gray stripe along the central axis; gray on caudal fin and semi-transparent on others (Ref. 45563).
Biology:  Adults inhabit clear still or slow-moving waters of small rivers (Ref. 45563).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 August 2010 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.04.03
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.06.12

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