Gastromyzon ocellatus Tan & Ng, 2004
photo by JJPhoto

 Family:  Balitoridae (River loaches)
 Max. size:  4.53 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Asia: southern Sarawak, Malaysia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal soft rays: 5-5; Vertebrae: 30-31. Distinguished from its congeners in having the following unique combination of characters: body dark brown, dorsum with 7-8 cream bars, side with bars complete or interrupted to form an ocellus pattern, head dorsum dark brown with cream spots and blotches; caudal fin red when live; lack of secondary rostrum; lack of a postoral pouch; gill slit angular, subopercular groove present and continuous to pectoral fin origin; a rounded snout when viewed dorsally; presence of sublacrimal groove; abdomen without scales; 56-61 scales on lateral line; pelvic fin not overlapping anal fin origin, adpressed dorsal fin not overlapping anal fin origin (Ref. 55025).
 Biology:  Inhabits fast flowing rocky streams (Ref. 84801). Syntopic with Gastromyzon ctenocephalus (Ref. 55025).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.08.05
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 31.10.12

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