ID: Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?

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ID: Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?

Post by avant » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:50 am

Any one know if this is Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?
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Re: ID: Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?

Post by plaalye » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:16 am

Sinobotia, not sure about pulchra though.

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Re: ID: Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?

Post by avant » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:07 pm

plaalye wrote:Sinobotia, not sure about pulchra though.
What is the key to differentiate between Sinibotia and Leptobotia in this case?
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Re: ID: Leptobotia guilinensis or Sinibotia pulchra?

Post by Matt » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:29 am

Avant one way to tell the difference between Sinibotia and Leptobotia is that the latter have a noticeably shorter suborbital spine. Sinibotia also have a pair of rounded lobes in the lower lip which are missing in Leptobotia (there are other differences too, some of which are internal).

At any rate in this case your loach can't be L. guiliensis because that's a more elongate fish and the vertical stripes are restricted to the upper half of the body. Based on the length of the snout and lack of head markings I'd guess it's S. superciliaris though it might also be a young S. pulchra.

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