Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
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.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Ou River basin (a tributary of the Mekong) in Phongsaly and Luang Prabang provinces of Laos.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93140)
Morphology | Morphometrics
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).
Occurs in upland clear streams with moderate or slow current (Ref. 93140).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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) .