Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Schistura: Greek, schizein = to divide + Greek, oura = tail; an allusion to forked caudal fins (Ref. 45335); kengtungensis: Named for Keng Tung, a town close to the type locality..
More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Myanmar to the Khorat Plateau in the Mekong basin (Ref. 12693). Known from Salween and Chao Phraya basins (Ref. 26336).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)
soft rays: 8. A member of the group of species with complete or nearly complete lateral line, 8 1/2 branched dorsal rays, 9+8 branched caudal rays and no sexual dimorphism. Can be distinguished by the following characters: caudal peduncle 1.10-1.44 times longer than deep, its length being 14.2-17.5% SL, 67-86% HL and its depth 11.5-13.2%SL, 52-62% HL; 8-11 bars; black basal caudal bar not reaching dorsal and ventral midlines, moderate keels on caudal peduncle, a median interruption in lower lip. Caudal fin emarginate (Ref. 39226). With slight depression at nape; 8-12 bars that turn into blotches on lateral line and saddle-markings dorsally; scales lacking on belly and on back between head and dorsal fin (Ref. 12693). Dorsal fin base with a black spot anteriorly, followed by an orange patch and a low elongate grey blotch (Ref. 43281).
Inhabit small, shallow, high gradient streams with cobble or boulder substrates (Ref. 12693). A ripe female measuring 5.27 cm SL with ovulae 2.4 mm in diameter (Ref. 39226).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Rainboth, W.J., 1996. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO species identification field guide for fishery purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p. (Ref. 12693)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00692 (0.00311 - 0.01538), b=3.03 (2.86 - 3.20), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).