Neolissochilus subterraneus Vidthayanon & Kottelat, 2003
Neolissochilus subterraneus
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: No subfamily
Max. size:  22.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 2 m
Distribution:  Asia: Tham Phra Wang Daeng cave in Thailand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Eye reduced; scales on lateral line 26-29 + 1-2; back humped behind nape; ventral profile almost as arched as dorsal profile; head conical; mouth almost terminal; and color pale grey in juveniles, pinkish with yellow hue in adults (Ref. 51711).
Biology:  A cave inhabitant. Juveniles inhabit close to the cave entrance, subadults and adults occur deeper, at least 100 m from the entrance. Juveniles occupy the whole water column, from surface to bottom. Subadults and adults stay close to the bottom and midwater, usually in slow current. The stomach contents of 18 cm specimen include organic detritus, possibly bat guano, and calcareous ooze of the limestone weathering.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 24 February 2011 (D2) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 27.07.04
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13

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