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Metzia bounthobi  Shibukawa, Phousavanh, Phongsa & Iwata, 2012

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Alburninae
Etymology: bounthobi: Named for Bounthob Praxaysombath (NUOL), who was the leading researcher performing the field surveys throughout the NUOL-NEF project on 2007-2010. Eight of all 10 type series of the new species were brought from the project surveys.

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Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Asia: Ou River basin (a tributary of the Mekong) in Phongsaly and Luang Prabang provinces of Laos.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93140)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal soft rays: 21 - 23. Differs from all other species of Metzia in having the following characters: anal fin with 18-20 branched rays; scales on lateral line 49-55; predorsal scale rows 33-36; circumpeduncular scale rows 20-22; gill rakers on outer surface of first gill arch 8-10. Resembles species of Hemiculterella, Ischikauia and at least a part of Anabarilius in sharing a sharp keel restricted in development to the area between pelvic-fin base and anus, last unbranched dorsal-fin ray being soft, and an air bladder composed of two chambers. However, this species differs in having the following characters; a notably rounded snout (vs. pointed in Hemiculterella, Ischikauia and Anabarilius); 18-20 branched anal-fin rays (vs. 8-17 in Hemiculterella, Ischiakua and Anabarilius ); 49-55 lateral-line scales (vs. more than 58 in Ischikauia and Anabarilius, except for A. transmontana with 54-57); air bladder with rounded posterior end (vs. posterior end with a small lobe at least in Hemiculterella); and 39-40 vertebrae (vs. 40-43, 42-43 and 43-48 in Hemiculterella, Ischikauia and Anabarilius, respectively). Also similar to its sympatric species Paralaubuca barroni but can be readily distinguished by having 18-20 anal-fin rays (vs. 24-29 ) and 8-10 gill rakers (vs. 19-24) and a distinct keel between anus and a vertical through posterior end of pelvic-fin base, keel preceded by a very weak midventral, blunt ridge extending anteriorly to a vertical through posterior half of pectoral fin (vs. a distinct, complete abdominal keel extending from anus to isthmus) (Ref. 93140).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in upland clear streams with moderate or slow current (Ref. 93140).

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Shibukawa, K., P. Phousavanh, K. Phongsa and A. Iwata, 2012. A new species of Metzia (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from Northern Laos. Zootaxa 3586:264-271. (Ref. 93140)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .