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Taxonomic analysis of ten catfishes collected from low level regions of Manimala River reveals that they present several morphological differences from their relatives. The new species is diagnosed by a combination of the following characters: body and fins deep black to grayish black in live condition. Rayed dorsal fin inserted above ¾ of the length of pectoral fin, inner margin of dorsal spine serrated ¾ from the base with 12- 24 teeth, pectoral fin with 22- 30 antrorse teeth along inner edge of its spine, pelvic fin not reaching anal fin; Dorsal fin and its spine, pectoral fin and its spine shorter than its relative species. The fish is described and compared with its related species.
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Author(s): Mathews Plamoottil and Nelson P Abraham
Manimala river, West Venpala, catfish, Pseudobagrus brachysoma, Macrones chryseus, new species., physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, immunology, parasitology