Lepidocephalus macrochir (Bleeker, 1854)
Lepidocephalus macrochir
photo by Panitvong, N.

Family:  Cobitidae (Loaches), subfamily: Cobitinae
Max. size:  9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Asia: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species can be easily diagnosed from Lepidocephalus spectrum by the presence of eyes and dark pigment on the body, and absence of tubules along the lateral line; from L. pahangensis by the presence of scales on top of the head; from L. pallens by having the dorsal-fin origin well behind (vs. over) the pelvic-fin origin (predorsal length 65.0-69.3 vs. 59.9% SL); and from L. nanensis by having a shorter snout (3.9-5.1 vs. 5.6-7.4% SL; 23.3-27.1 vs. 28.6-38.1% HL). This species further differs from L. pahangensis in having 8 (vs. 9) branched dorsal-fin rays and 5-6 (vs. 4) branched anal-fin rays, and from L. pallens, L. pahangensis and L. spectrum in having a shorter head (16.6-18.8 vs. 23.2, 21.8, and 21.3-23.2% SL respectively) (Ref. 95334).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 21 February 2012 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 16.05.95
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 11.04.14

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