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Published: 2018-05-25
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A new species of Schistura (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from the south-western lowlands of Sri Lanka

Evolutionary Ecology and Systematics lab, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Postgraduate Institute of Science, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. E-
Pisces Schistura notostigma Schistura madhavai biodiversity hotspot microendemism


Schistura scripta, new species, is described from Nakiyadeniya in the south-western lowlands of Sri Lanka. It can be distinguished from all other congeners from Sri Lankan and peninsular India by the combination of the following characters: an incomplete lateral line with 53–76 pores, ending beneath the dorsal-fin base or slightly beyond; 7–13 post-dorsal bars; 7½ branched dorsal-fin rays; absence of an axillary pelvic lobe; and absence of a suborbital flap.



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