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Indoreonectes telanganaensis, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the Godavari Basin of India

Wildlife Biology and Taxonomy Lab, Department of Zoology, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana, India.
Wildlife Biology and Taxonomy Lab, Department of Zoology, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana, India. Systematics, Ecology & Conservation Laboratory, Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO), No. 12 Thiruvannamalai Nagar, Saravanampatti—Kalapatti Road, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore 641035, Tamil Nadu, India.
Biodiversity Research and Conservation Society, 303 Nestcon Orchid, Srisainagar Colony, Kanajiguda, Tirumalgiri, Secunderabad—500 015, Telangana, India
School of Ocean Science and Technology, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi 682506, Kerala, India.
Systematics, Ecology & Conservation Laboratory, Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO), No. 12 Thiruvannamalai Nagar, Saravanampatti—Kalapatti Road, Saravanampatti, Coimbatore 641035, Tamil Nadu, India. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, G1 Block, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008, Maharashtra, India.
Telangana loach hillstream loach molecular phylogeny Telangana State Pisces


A new species of hill-stream loach, Indoreonectes telanganaensis, is described from a seasonal tributary of the Godavari River at Maisamma Loddi, within the Kawal Tiger Reserve, Telangana State, India. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of characters including caudal peduncle as long as deep; eye large, its diameter about one-fifth head length; pectoral fin as long as head; nasal barbel reaching the middle of the eye; dorsal-fin origin on vertical through pelvic-fin origin; and bars on the lateral side of the body well defined and wide. We also provide multivariate morphometric, and DNA analysis based on the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequence to support the distinction of the new species.


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