Garra palaruvica Arunachalam, Raja, Nandagopal & Mayden, 2013
Garra palaruvica
photo by Arunachalam, M., et al.

 Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
 Max. size:  4.441 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic
 Distribution:  Asia: Palaruvi Falls, Kallada River basin in Kerala, India.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal soft rays: 7-7. This species can be diagnosed from other species of Garra from the Western Ghats by the following combination of characters: intermediate development of the mental disc and central pad; isthmus free from mental disc; long maxillary barbell; naked breast; absence of a proboscis; well developed scales on belly; well developed pre-pelvic scales; 2.5 anal scale rows; 15-17 pre-anal scale rows; 11 pre-dorsal scale rows; 9+8 caudal-fin rays; 13 branched pectoral-fin rays; 31-33 lateral-line scale rows; 15-16 circumpeduncular scale rows; 20-22 circumferential scales. This species differs from congeners from north and north-eastern part of India by the following combination of characters: intermediate development of mental disc and central pad; isthmus free from mental disc; long maxillary barbel; belly scaled; breast naked; absence of median proboscis; absence of proboscis on snout; suctorial disc rounded; well developed post-pelvic region; dorsal-fin rays ii-iii, 8 ; 13 branched pectoral-fin rays; 9+8 caudal-fin rays; 11 pre-dorsal scale rows ; 2.5 anal scale rows; 15-17 pre-anal scale rows; absence of W-shaped band on caudal-fin; 31-33 lateral line scales and 15-16 circumpeduncular scale rows (Ref. 95191).
 Biology:  Inhabits a second order mountain stream where banks are highly confined with bedrock and the extension of bedrock into the streams forms nearly 80% of the substrate. Found below the waterfall in a pooled area (Ref. 95191).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.04.14

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