New Metzia minnow described

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Chinese ichthyologists have described a new species of minnow belonging to the genus Metzia from the Pearl River drainage in southern China.

Xi Gan, Jia-Hu Lan and E Zhang name the new species Metzia longinasus after its long snout (Latin longus=long and nasus=nose).

The new species, whose description is published in the latest issue of the journal Ichthyological Research, differs from congeners by it upturned mouth, number of lateral-line scales and branched anal-fin rays, long snout and head, and the absence of a longitudinal black band extending along each side of body.

For more information, see the paper: Gan, X, J-H Lan and E Zhang (2009) Metzia longinasus, a new cyprinid species (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) from the Pearl River drainage in Guangxi Province, South China. Ichthyological Research 56, pp. 55"61.