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Schistura madhavai  Sudasinghe, 2017

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Nemacheilidae ()
Etymology: Schistura: Greek, schizein = to divide + Greek, oura = tail; an allusion to forked caudal fins (Ref. 45335);  madhavai: Named for Madhava Meegaskumbura, professor of Molecular Biology at University of Peradeniya. A noun in the genitive case.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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Asia: Walawe River basin in Sri Lanka.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116162)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal soft rays: 8. Schistura madhavai differs from all its congeners from peninsular India and Sri Lanka by the combination of the following characters: 8-9 wide post-dorsal bars separated by narrow, white interspaces ¼-? the width of the bars; black bar at the base of the caudal fin arched, its posterior margin vaguely indented at bases of branched caudal-fin rays 3 and 14, wider than the interspaces on the body; 8+8 branched rays on emarginate caudal fin; incomplete lateral line ending beneath the dorsal-fin base; axillary pelvic lobe absent; adpressed pelvic fin just reaching the anus; 7½ branched rays on dorsal fin; pelvic-fin origin on a vertical through the last unbranched dorsal fin ray; and suborbital flap in males absent (Ref. 116162).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits a small stream about 2 m wide, flowing through sparsely-inhabited tea plantations, at an elevation of about 1000 m above sea level and with substrate consisting of pebbles and gravel. Prefers the faster-flowing areas of the stream. Occurs syntopically with the cyprinids Devario malabaricus (Jerdon), Puntius titteya (Deraniyagala), Pethia nigrofasciata (Günther), Rasbora dandia (Valenciennes), Rasboroides rohani (Batuwita, Silva & Edirisinghe), and the osphronemid Belontia signata (Günther). The introduced guppy Poecilia reticulata Peters was also recorded from this stream (Ref. 116162).

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Sudasinghe, H., 2017. Schistura madhavai, a new species of hill-stream loach from Sri Lanka, with redescription of S. notostigma (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Zootaxa 4311(1):96-110. (Ref. 116162)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.3 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 (10 of 100) .