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Cobitis takenoi: A new loach species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 25, 2016 09:00 AM
We know there are loach fans out there! Sure; they might not be as sexy as new flasher wrasse species, but these bottom dwellers are fun fish with interesting behavior and winning personalities. Cobitis takenoi is the newest loach species described.
Cobitis takenoi: A new loach species

Spawning color (top) vs regular pigmentation (bottom) of Cobitis takenoi

Cobitis takenoi is currently only known from an undisclosed location in Tango District, Kyoto prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan, and its distribution appears very limited. The researchers chose not to disclose the exact location of the species due to concerns about over-collection for the aquarium trade.  Its appearance isn't dissimilar from many other Cobitis loaches, so there's really no reason to fish this newfound species anyhow.  Let's just all rejoice in a new addition to the world's family of fishes!

The new species is described in ZooKeys.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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