Yasuhikotakia Nalbant

Maurice Kottelat, 2004, Botia kubotai, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Cobitidae) from the Ataran River basin (Myanmar), with comments on botiine nomenclature and diagnosis of a new genus., Zootaxa 401, pp. 1-18: 14

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Yasuhikotakia Nalbant


Yasuhikotakia Nalbant  ZBK 

Yasuhikotakia Nalbant, 2002  ZBK  (type species: Botia modesta Bleeker, 1865  ZBK  , by original designation). Gender feminine.

Diagnosis. Distinguished from the other genera within the subfamily Botiinae by the following combination of characters: Mental lobe not developed in a barbel, with a pair of fleshy papillae at its anterior edge. Fronto-parietal fontanelle large, wide. Anterior chamber of gas bladder partly covered by bony capsule; posterior chamber large. Top of supraethmoid narrow. Optic foramen small. Anterior process of premaxilla entire, not surrounding a cavity; rostral process rather long, with a more or less distinct ridge along inner edge. Suborbital spine strongly curved backwards, bifid. Head naked (based on Taki, 1972: 74, 76). Colour pattern: most species with pale body and more or less distinct blotch at end of caudal peduncle; a few species with stripes along flank or back; most species with ontogenic changes in colour pattern, usually a vertical pattern in juveniles which disappear with growth.

Included species:

Yasuhikotakia caudipunctata (Taki & Doi, 1995) 

Yasuhikotakia eos (Taki, 1972) 

Yasuhikotakia lecontei (Fowler, 1937)  (synonym:? Botia pulchripinnis Paysan, 1970  ZBK  )

Yasuhikotakia longidorsalis (Taki & Doi, 1995) 

Yasuhikotakia splendida (Roberts, 1995) 

Yasuhikotakia modesta (Bleeker, 1865)  (synonym: B. rubripinnis Sauvage, 1876  ZBK  )

Yasuhikotakia morleti (Tirant, 1885)  (synonym: B. horae Smith, 1931  ZBK  )

Yasuhikotakia nigrolineata (Kottelat & Chu, 1987) 

Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki (Klausewitz, 1959)