Acheilognathus barbatulus Günther, 1873
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Family:  Acheilognathidae (Bitterlings)
Max. size:  8.7 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 24.4 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong basin in Laos and Yunnan, Nam Ma Basin; northern Viet Nam, southern China.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-13; Anal soft rays: 8-11. Small maxillary barbels; body depth 2.5-2.7 times in SL (Ref. 43281).
Biology:  In subfamily Acheilognathinae (Genera Acheilognathus and Rhodeus ), female possesses an ovipositor which is used for depositing eggs inside the bivalves. Juveniles hatch and stay in the bivalve until they can swim (Ref. 43281).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 February 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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