Balitora mysorensis Hora, 1941
Slender stone loach
photo by Johnson, J.A.

Family:  Balitoridae (River loaches)
Max. size:  7.27 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: India from Cauvery and Tungabhadra river systems in Karnataka; Kolhapur in Maharashtra (Ref. 4832); Kabani and Bhavani rivers in Kerala (Ref. 43638).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Distinguished from any other species of the genus by its longer head (23-25% SL, versus 19-23 in other species). From B. annamitica, B. burmanica and B. meridionalis it is easily distinguished by its greater number of scales along lateral line (64-65 versus 61-64), from B. burmanica and B. brucei by its stouter caudal peduncle (1.9 times longer than deep, versus 3-4) (Ref. 37826). Description: Pectoral-fin rays viii-ix 10-12 (Ref. 93254).
Biology:  Occurs in torrential streams.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 30 June 2010 (B2ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.07.96
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 24.01.18
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 10.01.03

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