International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies
2014, Vol. 1 Issue 6, Part C
Puntius nelsoni, Systomus chryseus and S. rufus (cypriniformes: cyprinidae),three new fish species from Kerala, India
, a new species of the family cyprinidae, is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: body and fins yellowish; a narrow bluish green mark present on summit of occiput; a thin black band present outer to operculum; barbels short and never reach orbit; head wide and deep; snout shorter; vent located away from ventral fin origin; caudal peduncle long; scales between lateral line and dorsal fin 5 Â½ and pre dorsal scales 9. Systomus chryseus
, new species, differs from its relative species in having an unusually elongated body, golden to yellowish golden
color on flanks, pectoral, pelvic and anal fins orange red; pectoral fin long and its tip reaches origin of ventral fin; lateral line scales 29-30 and pre dorsal scales 11. Systomus rufus
, new species, differs from its congeners in having a deeper body; dorsal fin situated nearer to caudal fin base than snout tip and a little behind ventral origin; dorsal fingreen and other fins red; 11-12 pre dorsal scales, 30 lateral line scales and 6Â½ scales between lateral line and dorsal fin base. The new species of fishes are described and compared with its related species.
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Mathews Plamoottil. Puntius nelsoni, Systomus chryseus and S. rufus (cypriniformes: cyprinidae),three new fish species from Kerala, India. Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2014;1(6):135-145.