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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2017, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part I

Lepidocephalichthys Sp. (Pisces: Cobitidae) - A taxonomic appraisal, with special reference to Lepidocephalichthys annandalei from Doon Valley, Dehradun, Uttarakhand


Author(s): Deepali Rana and S K Gupta

Abstract: The present communication deals with the taxonomic analysis and sexual dimorphic characters of Lepidocephalichthys guntea and Lepidocephalichthys annandalei. Teratological manifestation in L. guntea, synonymies with reference to L. annandalei, anomalies regarding the number of barbels, mental lobes vs. barbels and variability with reference to origin of dorsal fin are the highlights discussed. Status of Lepidocephalus caudofurcatus (Tilak and Husain, 1977 a) is discussed in the light of the details studied for the present material identified as L. annandalei. The latter is established as a valid species and found synonymous to the former. While discussing the distributional aspects, L. annandalei appeared of zoogeographical significance and a new addition to the fish fauna of Suswa River in Eastern Doon.

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How to cite this article:
Deepali Rana and S K Gupta. Lepidocephalichthys Sp. (Pisces: Cobitidae) - A taxonomic appraisal, with special reference to Lepidocephalichthys annandalei from Doon Valley, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 2017; 5(2): 699-711.
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