Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Balitoridae
Etymology: speciosa: Specific name from the Latin speciosus which means beautiful, showy. More on author: Roberts.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Se Kong drainage in Laos and Vietnam.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38650)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 31 - 32. Differs from other species of Sewellia by the following combination of characters: body spotted, without dark stripes; without concentric band on paired fins; pelvic fin reaching to anal-fin origin; pelvic-fin origin below dorsal-fin origin; small soft elevated patches of fine tubercles on first pectoral-fin rays in males; tubercles on simple pectoral-fin ray not enlarge; absence of cavity around mouth; absence of skin-fold between oropectoral membrane and ventral surface of head; and 50-60 lateral line scales (Ref. 40433).
Inhabits rivers with rocky bottom, with gravel and stone and sometimes large boulders. River current is moderate to swift, but the gradient is moderate.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 1998. Systematic revision of the balitorid loach genus Sewellia of Vietnam and Laos, with diagnoses of four new species. Raffles Bull. Zool. 46(2):271-288. (Ref. 38650)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00236 - 0.01338), b=3.08 (2.87 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .