Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Schistura: Greek, schizein = to divide + Greek, oura = tail; an allusion to forked caudal fins (Ref. 45335); paraxena: From the Greek παράξενος (paraxenos), mea which means strange, in reference to the species’ unusual
appearance. An adjective, Latinized (-us, -a, -um).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Subtropical
Asia: West River, Pearl River drainage in Guangxi, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 115556)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 37 - 39. Schistura paraxena differs from all species of Schistura by having conspicuous peduncular crests along its dorsal and ventral extremities and a plain beige body coloration consisting of crests brownish gray and a pale spot medially at caudal-fin base. It can be further distinguished by having the following characters: dorsal fin with 8½ branched rays; pectoral fin with 11-12 rays; pelvic fin with 9 rays; 37-38 vertebrae; predorsal length 50-52% SL; caudal-peduncle length 17-18% SL (88-92% HL; 5.6-5.8 times SL); lateral line complete; breast naked; predorsal area scaled; and upper lip not notched (Ref. 115556).
Feeds on nymphs of the stonefly family Perlidae (Ref. 115556).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Endruweit, M., 2017. A new Schistura from the Pearl River in Guangxi, China (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Zootaxa 4277(1):144-150. (Ref. 115556)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00255 - 0.01493), b=3.02 (2.84 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
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 (18 of 100) .