New cobitid loach named from Borneo

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Ichthyologists Maurice Kottelat and Heok Hui Tan have described a new cobitid loach from southern Borneo in a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa.

The new loach, named Kottelatlimia hipporhynchus, differs from congeners in having extremely well-developed papillae on all mouth parts (lips, barbels, lobes), a longer snout, more vertebrae, and the upper 3"4 principal caudal-fin rays adjacent along the proximal one-quarter to one-third of their length.

Kottelatlimia hipporhynchus is named after the elongate horse-like snout (from the Greek words for horse and nose).

This species is known from the Kahayan, Sampit and Kapuas river drainages in southern Borneo, where it is most commonly found in streams with tannin-stained water and sand.

For more information, see the paper: Kottelat, M and HH Tan (2008) Kottelatlimia hipporhynchos, a new species of loach from southern Borneo (Teleostei: Cobitidae). Zootaxa 1967, pp. 63"72.