Paralepidocephalus translucens, a new cave species of loach from a cave in Yunnan, China (Teleostei Cobitidae)

Shu-Wei Liu1, Jun-Xing Yang1 and Xiao-Yong Chen1,2
1   State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China, 650223.
2   Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 05282 (corresponding author). E-mail:

PubYear : 2016
Volume : 27(1)
Publication Name : Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters
Page number : 61-66

Paralepidocephalus translucens, new species, is described from a cave in Luoxiong Town, Luoping County, Yunnan, China, Nanpanjiang River drainage. It is the second valid species of the genus. It is distinguished from its only congener, the epigean P. yui, by having 7 branched dorsal fin rays, 5 branched pelvic fin rays, a discolored body, and eyes vestigial, indistinct or invisible. Besides, P. guishanensis is confirmed to be a junior synonym of P. yui.