Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Schistura: Greek, schizein = to divide + Greek, oura = tail; an allusion to forked caudal fins (Ref. 45335); diminuta: Diminutis, the verbal adjective of the Latin verb diminuo, meaning to break into small pieces, in reference to the small size of this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.9 - ?. Tropical
Asia: known presently only from the type locality on the Sekong River, Mekong Drainage in Cambodia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88809)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 36 - 38. Distinguished from other congeners by the following combination of characters: tiny adult body size (largest specimen examined 19.1 mm SL); lateral line incomplete, with 14-17 pores, terminating on flank anterior to vertical through pelvic-fin origin; a distinct dark brown spot at center of caudal-fin base; 9-10 irregular light brown bars along dorsal body surface; axillary pelvic lobe lacking; weakly developed processus dentiformis; dorsal-fin rays iii-iv.8.i; principal caudal-fin rays 8 + 8 (7 + 7 branched caudal-fin rays) (Ref. 88809).
Occurs in the mainstream of Sekong river, from moderate flow, over a sandy substrate (Ref. 88809).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ou, C., C.G. Montaña, K.O. Winemiller and K.W. Conway, 2011. Schistura diminuta, a new miniature loach from the Mekong River drainage of Cambodia (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 22(3):193-200. (Ref. 88809)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00255 - 0.01493), b=3.02 (2.84 - 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. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .