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Original description of Aborichthys bijulensis?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:11 pm Post subject: Original description of Aborichthys bijulensis? Reply with quote

 Hi  all!  First  I  have  to  accomplish  you  for  a  very  nice  and  interesting  website!  
 I  live  in  Sweden,  and  I  am  very  interested  in  Indian  fishes,  mainly  cyprinids  and  loaches.  Finding  this  site  is  a  real  number  one  hit!  Very Happy  
   
 
 I  have  an  Aborichthys  sp.  that  I  belive  is  the  same  species  that  is  called    Aborichthys  bijulensis  (Rao)  1996,  in  the  book  "Ornamental  Aquarium  Fish  of  India",  Tekriwal  and  Rao,  p  89.
 
 This  is  my  fish:
 
 
 And  this  is  the  picture  in  the  book:
 
 
 I  would  really  get  my  hands  on  the  original  description  of  this  species,  but  I  can  not  find  any  information  of  in  which  publication  it  was  first  described.
 It  is  not  listed  in  Fishbase  or  in  CAS,  so  it  do  not  seem  to  be  well  known  to  western  ichthyologists.
 My  hope  is  that  anyone  of  you  can  help  me  with  this,  or  help  me  with  who  to  contact  to  get  more  info  on  this.
 
 Thankful  for  any  help!
 
 /Ola  Ahlander,  Stockholm,  Sweden.


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 I  shall  check  in  my  ZSI  books  later  today  and  see  if  there  is  any  description  for  this  species.
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 Thank  you  very  much  for  trying  to  help  me  out.  
 
 By  the  way,  the  fact  that  the  authors  name  Rao  in  written  within  brackets,(Rao),  indicates  that  it  was  described  in  an  other  genus  originally.  (Guess  you  had  allready  figured  that  out.)
 
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 Hello  Ola,
 
 Guess  beta  is  busy  with  his  exams  so  I'll  chip  in  with  what  I  found  about  the  Aborichthys  sp.
 
 This  is  from  the  book  -  Handbook  of  Freshwater  fishes  of  India  by  K.C  Jayaram.
 
 Genus:  Aborichthys  Chaudhuri
 
 Aborichthys  Chaudhuri,  1913,  Rec.  Indian  Mus.8,  p244  (  type-species,  Aborichthys  kempi  Chaudhuri).  -  Hora,  1925,  Rec.  Indian  Mus.,  27,  pp.  231-236.
 
 Diagnosis:  Body  greatly  elongated  and  compressed.  Abdomen  rounded,  vent  situated  far  forwards.  Nostril  openings  with  barbel  like  outgrowths.  A  preorbital  spine  absent.  Head  flattened  slightly,  anteriorly  rounded.  Snout  conical  or  broadly  rounded.  Mouth  inferior,  narrow,  transverse.  Eyes,  small,  situated  dorsally,  in  middle  of  head,  not  visible  from  below  ventral  surface.  Lips  thick,  papillated,  continuous  at  angle  to  mouth.  Lower  lip  discontinuous  in  the  middle.  Jaws  and  palate  without  teeth.  Barbels  six,  2  pairs  maxillary  and  one  pair  rostral  excluding  the  nasal.  Dorsal  fin  slightly  behind  pelvic  fins  with  six  or  seven  branched  rays,  and  without  any  spine.  Anal  fin  short  with  seven  rays  (five  branched).  Pelvic  fins  extend  beyond  anal.  All  fins  greatly  removed  from  one  another.  Paired  fins  horizontal  and  provided  with  adhesive  pads  on  ventral  aspect.  Caudal  fin  lunate.  Scales  small,  elliptica.  Lateral  line  incomplete,  indistinct.
 
 Distribution:  India:  Abor,  Garo  Hills,  Darjeeling  Himalayas,  Meghalaya,  Upper  Burma.
 
 Species-
 
 Aborichthys  elongatus  Hora  -  India:  Darjeeling  Himalayas.
 A.  garoensis  Hora  -  India:  garo  Hills  Meghalaya.
 A.  kempi    Chaudhuri  -  India:  Abor,  Garo  Hills,  Meghalaya,  Upper  Burma.


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 KEY  TO  SPECIES
 
 1.  Vent  almost  equidistant  between  tip  of  snout  and  
 base  of  caudal  fin  or  slightly  nearer  to  tip  of  snout
 than  to  caudal  fin  base
                                                                         ....  A.garoensis
 
 __      Vent  distinctly  nearer  caudal  fin  base  than  tip  of
               snout                                                                                                                        ....                2
 
 2.  Vent  nearer  tip  of  snout  than  caudal  fin  base.  
 Barbels  much  longer  than  eye  diameter.  Black  bands
 narrower  than  yellow  interspace                                                          ....      A.  kempi
 
 __  Vent  equidistant  between  tip  of  snout  and  end  
 of  caudal  fin.  Barbels  as  long  as  or  slightly  longer  than
 eye  diameter.  Black  bands  broader  than  
 yellow  interspace                                                                                            .....    A.  elongata
 

 
 Remarks:-
 
 These  fishes  seem  to  be  better  adapted  for  life  in  rapid  running  waters.  They  fix  themselves  to  rocks  and  stones  and  rapid  currents  by  means  of  their  horizontal  paired  fins.  The  elongated  tail  and  rounded  caudal  fin  form  an  oar-like  structure  with  which  they  are  able  to  dart  from  one  place  to  another.
 
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 Hope  this  helps.
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 I  cannot  find  any  other  description,  I  am  still  looking  and  will  update  if  I  find  anything  else.  The  photograph  looks  like  A.elongatus  to  me.
 
 I  would  greatly  suspect  the  validity  of  the  claim  in  the  book  you  mentioned,  given  the  numerous  mistakes  therein.
 
 This  fish  could  only  be  confused  with  a  Noemachelius  sp.  or  wrongfully  described  as  such  in  my  opinion.
 
 One  person  you  could  contact  is  Dr.  Rema  Devi  at  ZSI,  Chennai.
 Chennai  guys  help  out  with  the  address  please.
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 first  fish  is  an  A.  elongatus  while  the  second  is  an  undescribed  species  (specimen  preserved  with  ZRC)  found  in  a  shipment  of  A.  elongatus,  does  it  look  like  your  fish?
 
 
 
 
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 Sorry  for  not  answering  until  now,  and  thank  you  for  all  help.  
 
 Yes  hwchoy,  it  is  the  undescribed  fish  you  show.  It  seems  that  Rao  was  planning  to  describe  this  fish  as  A.  bijulensis  when  he  wrote  the  book  mentioned,  but  then  changed  his  mind.  (Or  maybe  he  got  refused,  I  dont  know).  Not  a  very  scientific  way  of  handling  things  anyway,  and  it  means  that  this  fish  still  is  an  undescribed  species.  
   
 A  very  amusing  fish  to  have  in  the  aquarium  in  any  case.  What  they  lack  in  colour  they  gain  in  behavior.  Imagine  a  kuhlii-loach  but  much  more  active  and  forward.  A  fun  thing  is  that  they  dig  small  pits,  moving  one  piece  of  gravel  at  the  time  in  their  mouth,  very  funny  to  watch.
 
 Again,  thanks  for  all  help  with  this.
 
 /Ola
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