Semilabeo obscurus Lin, 1981
暗唇鲮,  Dusky labiate-barbel,  暗唇鯪
Semilabeo obscurus
photo by Wang, P.P.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
Max. size:  28.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: China (Ref. 45563) and Viet Nam (Ref. 89724).
Diagnosis:  Body grayish black dorsally, milky white ventrally; sometimes with vertical, unclear stripes on sides of body; fins dark gray. Head wide and top flattened; snout bluntly conical and sides of snout with a deep groove between base of rostral barbels and mouth corners. Barbels 2 pairs; rostral slightly shorter than orbital diameter; maxillary somewhat thin. Caudal peduncle compressed; abdomen rounded. Scales on pectoral and abdomen buried in skin.
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from Xijiang River system from Bama and Baise of Guangxi to Fuyuan, Yiliang and Yuanjiang rivers in Yunnan. Flesh is tender and with good flavour. Caught in caves through electrical, poisonous and bombing methods. Listed as class II protected animal in Yunnan Province (Ref. 45563). Also Ref. 45621, 45679.


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