Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Lepidocephalus: Greek, lepis = scale + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335); nanensis: The specific name refers to the river system where most specimens have been collected. An adjective.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Nan River and Chao-Phraya River in Thailand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95334)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 8. This species is distinguished from Lepidocephalus spectrum by having eyes and dark pigment on the body and by the lack of tubules on the lateral line and large papillae on the lips; from L. pahangensis by having scales on top of the head and by the lack of large papillae on the lips; from L. pallens by having the dorsal-fin origin well behind (vs. over) the pelvic-fin origin (predorsal length 68.1-71.3 vs. 59.9% SL); and from L. macrochir by having a longer snout (5.6-7.4 vs. 3.9-5.1% SL; 28.6-38.1 vs. 23.3-27.1% HL) (Ref. 95334).
This species seems to prefer large rivers (Ref. 95334).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Deein, G., W. Tangjitjaroen and L.M. Page, 2014. A revision of the spirit loaches, genus Lepidocephalus (Cypriniformes, Cobitidae). Zootaxa 3779(3):341-352. (Ref. 95334)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00513 (0.00230 - 0.01145), b=3.13 (2.95 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .