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Mystus menoni, a new fish species of family Bagridae, is described from Elankadu of Manimala River in Kerala, India. It is distinguished from its relatives by the following combination of characters: maxillary barbels reach anal fin; median longitudinal groove on head divided into two fontanels and reaching occipital process; the latter reaches basal bone of dorsal fin; adipose dorsal fin long and located a little behind the rayed dorsal fin; caudal lobes broad and rounded; a bluish green oval to round spot present on shoulder and a similar triangular spot on caudal base and a thick bluish green band present in between these two. The new fish is described and compared with its congeners.
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Author(s): Mathews Plamoottil and Nelson P Abraham
Manimala River, taxonomy, new species, catfish, Mystus armatus, physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, immunology, parasitology