Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Schistura: Greek, schizein = to divide + Greek, oura = tail; an allusion to forked caudal fins (Ref. 45335); porthos: Named for Porthos, one of the characters of Alexandre Dumas' 'Les trois mousquetaires'..
More on author: Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Mekong in Nam Ngiap, Nam Khan, Nam Xuang, Nam Ou and Nam Tha basins in northern Laos.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43281)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body massive, head broadly triangular from above; hump in front of dorsal origin in individuals over 60 mm SL; caudal peduncle very deep, 0.9-1.1 times longer than deep; anterior nostril pierced on front side of a flap; processus dentiformis present; lower lip interrupted medially; a conspicuous hard keel on back between dorsal and caudal fins and along lower edge of caudal peduncle; lateral line complete; anus about 1-2 eye diameters in front of anal-fin origin; 8.5 branched dorsal-fin rays; 5.5 branched anal-fin rays; caudal fin emarginate, with 9+8 branched rays; axillary pelvic lobe present; top of head vermiculated; body with 9-17 bars, much wider than interspaces, of quite regular width but irregularly organized, often fused two by two along dorsal midline, or upper or lower part missing; black bar at caudal-fin base complete, wide, with anterior and posterior projections where it reaches dorsal and ventral midlines; dorsal fin with 2-3 blotches along base; dark marks on fin rays of all fins (Ref. 36949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kottelat, M., 2001. Fishes of Laos. WHT Publications Ltd., Colombo 5, Sri Lanka. 198 p. (Ref. 43281)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00295 - 0.01482), b=3.03 (2.86 - 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. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).