Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Protocobitis: Greek, protos = the first + Greek, kobitis, -idos = a kind of sardine; also related with the voice Greek, kobios, Latin gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); polylepis: being entirely covered by scales (Ref. 78524). More on authors: Zhu, Lü, Yang & Zhang.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: known only from an underground water source near Wuming County in Guangxi, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 78524); 3.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Differs from the known species, Protocobitis typhlops, by having the following characters: presence of light black pigmentation; body covered by rudimental scales except for head and abdomen; head length 24.1%-24.8% of SL; body depth 16.2%-16.3% of SL; inner rostral barbel length 19.8%-21.0% of head length; outer rostral barbel length 28.6%-30.2% of head length; maxillary barbel length 44.6%-46.0% of head length (Ref. 78524).
Collected from an underground water source (Ref. 78524).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Zhu, Y., Y.-J. Lü, J.-X. Yang and S. Zhang, 2008. A new blind underground species of the genus Protocobitis (Cobitidae) from Guangxi, China. Zoological Research 29(4):452-454. (Ref. 78524)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00252 - 0.01200), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .