A loach from Western Ghats, India

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anihd
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A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by anihd » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:33 am

Hello all,

I'm so very glad to have found out about this website! I've been exploring freshwater fishes of the Western Ghats (India) for quite a while, but I'm having a really hard time identifying a rather common loach of steady streams. And I was wondering if anyone could help me with its identity.
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I think it may belong to the family Cobitidae, and genus Lepidocephalus. Any clue?

Thanks and regards,
Ani

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by ch.koenig » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:46 am

Hi Ani
remembers me of a pic by Heiko Bleher of a nemacheilus nilgiriensis of the Kaluarili river. but: lacks the red in the dorsal fin. could send you a pdf.
cheers Charles

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by anihd » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:16 am

Thank you Charles! It does indeed resemble a Nemacheilus sp. The N. nilgiriensis, which I think was recorded first in the Nilgiris, is a few hundred kilometers from here - here being closer to Mumbai in the Northern Western Ghats region.

I'm attaching another image of this Loach:
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If possible, could you email me the pdf on anihd2009 (at) gmail (dot) com?

Thanking you once again,
Ani

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by palaeodave » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:36 pm

What lovely looking fish. Please do post more pictures of them and other species (not just loaches!) from your local area.
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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by Shovelnose » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:16 am

Prominent nasal barbels and truncate caudal suggest an Indoreonectes sp.??? I.everzadi has been reported from your region. A good pic can be seen here ; http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/Pictures ... at=species

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by anihd » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:32 am

Thank you Shovelnose! I will look into this. :)

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by wingedskull » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:02 pm

I asked one ichtiologyst about this specimens. He also confirmed that they are Indoreonectes. At the moment only one: I.evezardi was described. He asked, if you can make better photos, side, frontal and from above - it would be great.

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by Shovelnose » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:48 am

wingedskull wrote: At the moment only one: I.evezardi was described.

There is Indoreonectes keralensis as well.

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by wingedskull » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:40 pm

Correction: (about second described) - descriptions are not equal with professional photos.

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by Shovelnose » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:37 am

I am sorry but I didn't quite get you.

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Re: A loach from Western Ghats, India

Post by corbingravely » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:39 am

A while ago i thought that fishing and stuff was kind of a distant relative for india. But then looking at the number of people going out for fishing and the kinds of fishes available here, it makes me wonder. Hope i'll start going fishing and post my catches here as well. See you guys. See you soon.




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