Balitora meridionalis Kottelat, 1988
Balitora meridionalis
photo by FAO

Family:  Balitoridae (River loaches)
Max. size:  8.15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Cambodia and Thailand (Ref. 12693). Reported from the Mekong basin in Yunnan, China (Ref. 39226).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Distinguished from other species of the genus by the combination of the following characters: lateral length of head 19-22% SL (23-25% in B. mysorensis), caudal peduncle 1.9-2.8 times longer than deep (3.0-4.2 times in B. burmanica and B. brucei). Distinguished from B. annamitica by its color pattern consisting of somewhat irregular blotches on the back (versus circular in B. annamitica) (Ref. 37826). With 9-10 unbranched pectoral-fin rays (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Inhabits high gradient streams. Feed on benthic insects, small amounts of phytoplankton and periphyton.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 18 February 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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