Triplophysa incipiens (Herzenstein 1888)

Jinlu Li, Naifa Liu & Junxing Yang, 2007, A brief review of Triplophysa (Cypriniformes: Balitoridae) species from the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, China, with description of a new species., Zootaxa 1605, pp. 47-58: 54

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Triplophysa incipiens (Herzenstein 1888)


[[ Triplophysa incipiens (Herzenstein 1888)  ]]

Triplophysa incipiens (Herzenstein, 1888)  was originally described as a subspecies of Nemachilus bombifrons  ZBK  , and given species rank by Prokofiev (2002) in a paper about the T. bombifrons group  . Prokofiev’s redescription of the air bladder (free posterior part of air bladder reduced and rudimentary) differs from the original description and those of many authors (Herzenstein 1888; Li 1979; Zhu 1989; Wu 1991). This discrepancy is attributed to the long storage of the specimen (Prokofiev, personal communication, 7 Nov 2005). “I suggest that in a case of absence of free swim bladder this case is artificial and is result of long time storage (+/-150 years). my observation swim bladder of T. bombifrons  , incipiens  and edsinica  ZBK  is the same in shape as in T. strauchii  for example”.