New torrent catfish discovered

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A new species of torrent catfish has been described from southern China in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

In the issue of the journal devoted to catfishes, Jeremy Wright and Heok Hee Ng name Liobagrus aequilabris from the Xiangjiang, a tributary of the Changjiang (Yangtze River).

The new species is distinguished from congeners by pectoral-spine morphology, jaw length, number of vertebrae and proportional measurements of the fin spines and caudal fin.

Liobagrus aequilabris is named after the equally long upper and lower jaws (from the Latin aequalis, meaning equal, and labrum, meaning lip).

For more information, se the paper: Wright, JJ and HH Ng (2008) A new species of Liobagrus (Siluriformes: Amblycipitidae) from southern China. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 157, pp. 37"43.