Leiocassis rudicula

Ng, Heok Hee & Hadiaty, Renny K., 2019, Leiocassis rudicula (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Bagridae), a new catfish from eastern Borneo, Zootaxa 4651 (1), pp. 191-200: 192-197

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4651.1.12

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scientific name

Leiocassis rudicula
status

new species

Leiocassis rudicula  , new species

( Figs. 1View FIGURE 1, 2aView FIGURE 2)

Holotype. MZBAbout MZB 16529View Materials, 102.8 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kecamatan Tabang , Sungai Petung Kanan , 0°32′6′′N 116°10′54′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, A. Mun′im & D. Wowor, 6 June 2008.GoogleMaps 

Paratypes. MZBAbout MZB 16476View Materials (1), 52.0 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kecamatan Tabang , Mahakam River drainage, Sungai Senget Kiri , a tributary of Sungai Pinoon , itself a tributary of Sungai Belayan , 0°32′3′′N 116°12′22′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, A. Mun′im & D. Wowor, 6 June 2008GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 17480View Materials (2), 43.8–51.0 mm SL; data as for MZB 16476View Materials; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 21–22 April 2009GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 17500View Materials (1), 83.7 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kecamatan Tabang , Sungai Senget Kanan , 0°31′8′′N 116°13′35′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 22 April 2009GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 19210View Materials (3), 62.6–118.0 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kecamatan Tabang , Sungai Mejuk at Desa Uma Diam , 0°34′50′′N 16°7′16′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, Mulyadi & D. Wowor, 18 July 2010GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 19264View Materials (1), 106.1 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kecamatan Tabang , second right tributary of a branch of Sungai Tahap at Desa Ritan Baru , in Batu Pek area ; 0°24′43′′N 116°3′56′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, Mulyadi & D. Wowor, 20 July 2010GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 20147View Materials (2), 53.7–85.8 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, Sungai Senyiur in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°30′15′′N 116°23′17′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 6 August 2011GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 20168View Materials (1), 82.3 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, Sungai Senyiur in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°31′55′′N 116°22′8′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 7 August 2011GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 20233View Materials (1), 48.7 mm SL  ; MZBAbout MZB 20278View Materials (1), 98.1 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, Sungai Loa Katong in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°18′9′′N 116°36′39′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 9 August 2011GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 20296View Materials (3), 39.2–104.2 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, Loa Ranam Hitam in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°27′56′′N 116°32′59′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 10 August 2011GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 21004View Materials (3), 64.8–98.6 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, Sungai Salai in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°24′37′′N 116°32′59′′E; R.K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 10 August 2011GoogleMaps  . MZBAbout MZB 21099View Materials (2), 56.3–79.2 mm SL; Borneo: Kalimantan Timur, Kabupaten Kutai Timur, Kecamatan Muara Ancalong, lower stretch of Sungai Senyiur in the vicinity of Desa Senyiur , 0°28′21′′N 116°23′27′′E;. K. Hadiaty, S. Sauri & D. Wowor, 6 August 2012GoogleMaps  .

Diagnosis. Leiocassis rudicula  can be distinguished from congeners by the following unique combination of characters: distinct concavity at level of orbit in dorsolateral profile of head ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2); tip of supraoccipital spine not reaching anterior nuchal plate element; smooth posterior margin of dorsal spine; presence of an irregular pale band on sides of body between dorsal and adipose fins; anal fin with narrow brown band across middle third of fin; narrow caudal-fin lobes with nearly straight posterior margins; snout length 36–40% HL; eye diameter 14–20% HL; head depth 17.6–20.0% SL; length of dorsal-fin spine 14.1–18.5% SL; length of pectoral-fin spine 15.1–17.7 %SL; dorsal-to-adipose distance 10.9–14.3% SL; body depth at anus 16.4–19.5% SL; length of adipose-fin base 18.9–24.1% SL; length of anal-fin base 18.8–22.6% SL; and caudal peduncle depth 9.1–10.9% SL.

Description. Morphometric data as in Table 1. Head and body somewhat compressed, body moderately deep; dorsal profile sloping almost evenly, with distinct concavity above orbit; ventral profile almost straight. Dorsal profile rising evenly and steeply from tip of snout to origin of dorsal fin and sloping gently ventrally from origin of dorsal fin to posterior insertion of adipose fin. Ventral profile slightly convex to anal-fin base, then sloping slightly dorsally to end of caudal peduncle. Skin smooth. Lateral line complete and midlateral in position. Vertebrae 19+21=40 (1).

Bony elements of dorsal surface of head covered with thick skin. Midline of cranium with elongate fossa extending from behind snout to base of supraoccipital spine. Supraoccipital spine very short and narrow, reaching well short of nuchal plate. Eye ovoid, horizontal axis longest, with free margin; located entirely in dorsal half of head. Gill openings wide, extending from posttemporal to isthmus. First gill arch with 12 (6), 13* (2) or 15 (1) rakers.

Mouth inferior, snout strongly projecting. Oral teeth small and viliform, in irregular rows on all tooth-bearing surfaces. Premaxillary tooth band rounded, of equal width throughout. Dentary tooth band much narrower than premaxillary tooth band at symphysis, tapering laterally. Vomerine tooth band unpaired, continuous across midline; smoothly arched along anterior margin, tapering laterally to point extending posteriorly well past level of premaxillary band; band width broader than premaxillary band at midline, and tapering posterolaterally.

Barbels slender, short and in four pairs. Nasal barbel extending just beyond posterior orbital margin. Maxillary barbel extending to approximately two-fifths of distance between barbel base and base of pectoral-fin spine. Inner mandibular-barbel origin closer to midline, extending to one-third of distance between barbel base and isthmus. Outer mandibular barbel originating posterolateral of inner mandibular barbel, extending to vertical through anterior orbital margin.

Dorsal fin with spinelet, spine, and 7* (7) or 8 (2) rays. Dorsal fin margin convex, usually with anterior branch of fin rays longer than other branches. Dorsal fin spine moderately long, straight and slender, posterior edge smooth, without serrations. Nuchal plate narrow, tapering to pointed tip anteriorly.

Pectoral fin with stout spine, sharply pointed at tip, and 7* (4), 8 (4) or 9 (1) rays. Anterior spine margin smooth; posterior spine margin with 14–16 large serrations along entire length (serrations fewer in smaller specimens). Pectoral fin margin straight anteriorly, convex posteriorly.

Pelvic-fin origin at vertical through posterior end of dorsal-fin base, with i,5 (9) rays and slightly convex margin; tip of adpressed fin reaching anal-fin origin. Anus and urogenital openings located at vertical through middle of pelvic fin. Males with elongate genital papilla reaching to base of second or third anal-fin ray.

Adipose fin with convex margin for entire length and with deeply-incised posterior portion; length of base approximately equal to length of anal-fin base. Anal-fin base roughly in line with adipose fin, with iv,12 (9) rays and curved posterior margin.

Caudal peduncle moderately slender. Caudal fin deeply forked, with i,7,8,i (9) principal rays; lobes slender and pointed, with upper lobe slightly longer than lower. Procurrent rays extend only slightly anterior to fin base.

Coloration. In 70% ethanol: dorsal and lateral surfaces of head and body chocolate brown, with thin, diffuse irregular yellow band encircling dorsal half of body at nape. Ventral surfaces of head and body yellow, fading to lighter cream ventrally. Lateral line visible as thin pale midaxial stripe running along sides of body. Diffuse ovoid yellow patch present on lateral surfaces of body between nape and base of dorsal-fin spine. Lateral surfaces of body with irregular yellow band at region between dorsal and adipose fins and a pair of horizontally elongate cream patches located dorsal and ventral to midaxial stripe at caudal peduncle. Nasal and maxillary barbels chocolate brown dorsally, cream ventrally; mandibular barbels cream. Dorsal spine mostly chocolate brown in some individuals and mostly yellow in others; dorsal fin hyaline, with chocolate brown band on distal third to distal half of fin. Pectoral spine chocolate brown; pectoral fin with thin irregular chocolate brown band on proximal third of fin, and thicker chocolate brown band subdistally. Adipose fin chocolate brown, with three horizontally elongate ovoid yellow patches along distal margin: first at dorsally-sloping region of fin, second along apex of fin and third at incised posterior insertion of fin. Pelvic and anal fins with diffuse brown base and thin irregular chocolate brown band along middle third. Horizontally elongate ovoid yellow patch on dorsal and ventral procurrent caudal-fin rays. Caudal fin hyaline, with irregular chocolate brown markings on middle of each lobe and thin, subdistal W-shaped chocolate brown band along posterior edge. Color in life similar, but with strong yellowish hue.

Distribution. Known from the Mahakam River drainage in eastern Borneo ( Fig. 3View FIGURE 3).

Habitat. Leiocassis rudicula  is known from streams with a moderate or fast current with clear, and sometimes tannin-stained, water. The substrate in habitats it has been collected in typically consist of gravel or sand.

Etymology. The specific epithet is the Latin diminutive for a wooden spoon. The name alludes to the distinct concavity on the dorsolateral profile of the head, which is reminiscent of a spoon.

TABLE 1. Morphometric data for the type series of Leiocassis rudicula (n=9).

Holotype Range Mean±SD
MZBAbout MZB 16529View Materials (type series) (type series)
Standard length (mm) 102.8 43.8–118.0
Percent of standard length
Predorsal length 45.3 43.1–46.8 44.8±1.11
Preanal length 68.8 67.1–69.7 68.2±0.98
Prepelvic length 55.3 53.0–58.7 55.1±1.69
Prepectoral length 28.1 27.9–32.2 29.5±1.58
Length of dorsal-fin base 12.4 11.5–15.3 13.0±1.26
Dorsal-spine length 16.8 14.1–18.5 16.7±1.41
Anal-fin length 19.1 18.8–22.6 20.0±1.24
Pelvic-fin length 13.5 12.8–14.8 13.8±0.59
Pectoral-fin length 20.1 18.2–20.5 19.6±0.70
Pectoral-spine length 17.7 15.1–17.7 16.1±0.83
Caudal-fin length 25.8 23.8–27.0 25.6±1.08
Length of adipose-fin base 22.2 18.9–24.1 21.9±1.86
Dorsal to adipose distance 14.3 10.9–14.3 13.0±1.33
Post-adipose distance 15.7 12.3–16.9 15.2±1.56
Caudal peduncle length 16.8 15.4–18.6 17.1±1.09
Caudal peduncle depth 9.6 9.1–10.9 9.5±0.56
Body depth at anus 18.7 16.4–19.5 18.3±1.24
Head length 30.9 29.3–33.2 30.7±1.23
Head width 18.0 17.6–20.0 18.5±0.87
Head depth 17.2 17.2–20.5 18.5±1.05
Percent of head length
Snout length 38 36–40 38±1.6
Interorbital distance 22 21–28 24±2.2
Eye diameter 15 14–20 16±2.1
Nasal barbel length 26 13–26 17±4.5
Maxillary barbel length 42 23–42 32±6.8
Inner mandibular barbel length 15 14–20 17±2.0
Outer mandibular barbel length 24 20–30 24±2.8
MZB

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