Lepidocephalichthys berdmorei (Blyth, 1860)
Burmese loach
photo by Ratmuangkhwang, S.

Family:  Cobitidae (Loaches), subfamily: Cobitinae
Max. size:  8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Asia: India, Myanmar (Ref. 4832), Bangladesh (Ref. 1479), peninsular Thailand, Salween, Chao Phraya, Mekong and Meklong basins (Ref. 43281). In the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and China (Ref. 38333).
Diagnosis:  Body depth equal from head to caudal base; pectoral rays 7-8 of male fused, forming a cylindrical ray-like structure much thicker than other rays; large black spot on the upper half of caudal base; body yellowish to brown with varying from finely speckled to coarsely spotted but always with a midlateral series of large, irregular blotches (Ref. 43281).
Biology:  Inhabits hill streams with moderate current and pebble to stone bottom (Ref. 43281). Found in clear, swift streams and lakes with sandy bottom (Ref. 41236).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 October 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 31.07.96
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.01.03
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.05.97

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