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A new species of Puntius (Cyprinidae: Cyprininae) from Manipur, India



A new species of Puntius (Cyprinidae: Cyprininae) from Manipur, India



Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 97(2): 263-268



Puntius manipurensis is described as a new cyprinid species of the genus Puntius, from Loktak lake, Manipur, India. It is characterised as follows: osseous, serrated principal spiny ray of dorsal fin, incomplete lateral line with 22-24 scales, 3.5 rows of scales in transverse series from the anteriormost portion of dorsal fin to lateral line, 3.5 rows between lateral line and pelvic insertion, without barbels, two spots on sides of body: a shoulder one on 3rd and 4th lateral line scales and a caudal one on 17th and 18th lateral line scales. The closest relative of P. manipurensis is P. phutunio. The affinities of these two species and other closely related species with a serrated dorsal fin ray, without barbels and with two spots on the lateral sides of the body, namely ticto, punctatus and stoliczkanus are discussed. A key to Indian Puntius species, including the new species with a strong osseous and serrated primary dorsal fin ray, is provided.

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