Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Etymology: musaei: Name from the word Musaei meaning 'of the cave, belonging to the cave'; the genitive of the noun musaeum, a Latin word meaning cave (Ref. 86533). More on author: Kottelat.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical, preferred ?; 18°N - 17°N, 105°E - 106°E
Asia: Xe Bangfai drainage (tributary of Mekong) in Central Laos. Known only from two caves ("Grotte des Nuages" and "Tham Pong") adjacent to the upstream extremity of the Xe Bangfai tunnel ("Tham Xe Bangfai" and "Tham Khoun Xe") (Ref. 86533).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86533)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Distinguished from all other species by the absence of eyes and tubercles, and by its whitish body. It also differs from the two other species of the genus Bangana known from the middle and lower Mekong drainage in having 35-37 + 0-1 lateral line scales (vs. 29-33 + 2-3 in B. elegans [36-37 + 3 in B. behri]) and 7-8 1/2 branched dorsal-fin rays (vs. 10 1/2 in B. elegans and 12-13 1/2 in B. behri) (Ref. 86533).
Found in caves (Ref. 86533).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kottelat, M. and H. Steiner, 2011. Bangana musaei, a new cave fish from central Laos (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 21(4):313-322. (Ref. 86533)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00977 (0.00444 - 0.02153), b=3.02 (2.84 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .