Tanichthys albonubes Lin, 1932
White cloud mountain minnow
photo by Anderson,T.

Family:  Tanichthyidae (Mountain minnows)
Max. size:  4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; pH range: 6 - 8; dH range: 5 - 19
Distribution:  Asia: China (Ref. 1739) and Viet Nam (Ref. 44416). Thought to be extinct in the wild (Ref. 89952). Introduced elsewhere.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-7; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-9. Body green, with golden vertical zones on central axis of body and a number of dark lines above zones; dorsal and anal fins green and transparent edge; base of caudal fin with large red round spots. Snout blunt; lip thin and lower jaw a bit protruded; barbel absent; dorsal fin short and opposite anal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins small; pelvic scute absent (Ref. 45563).
Biology:  Found in clean, sluggish coastal stream amongst hydrophytes (Ref. 85799). Can survive in water temperature as low as 5°C. Feed on zooplankton and detritus. Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 15 December 2010 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 27.11.91
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.12.10
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 11.08.94

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