Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Barbinae
Etymology: Sinocyclocheilus: Latin, sino, sina = from China + Greek, kyklos = circle + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335); brevibarbatus: The specific name brevibarbatus means barbid fish with short barbels.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: known only from an underground river in the vicinity of Gaoling Town in Guangxi, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75598)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5;
Vertebrae: 37 - 38. Diagnosed from all species of the genus Sinocyclocheilus by the following combination of characters: body totally covered with scales excluding head; back strongly humped; eye well- developed; lateral line almost straight, with 49-51 perforated scales; dorsal fin with seven soft rays; relatively large eye-ball (3.3-5.7% of SL) and short maxillary and rictal barbels (1.7-5.7% and 4.5-7.0% of SL, respectively). This species is most similar to Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus, Sinocyclocheilus altishoulderus, and Sinocyclocheilus jiuxuensis in terms of its strongly-humped back and general body shape, but Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus and Sinocyclocheilus altishoulderus
have eight soft dorsal rays. Sinocyclocheilus jiuxuensis has a smaller eye-ball (2.3-3.3% of SL) and longer maxillary and rictal barbels (5.1-11.0% and 8.0-11.3% of SL, respectively) than Sinocyclocheilus brevibarbatus (Ref. 75598).
Inhabits underground river (Ref. 75598).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Zhao, Y., J. Lan and C. Zhang, 2008. A new cavefish species, Sinocyclocheilus brevibarbatus (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae), from Guangxi, China. Environ. Biol. Fish. DOI 10.1007/s10641-008-9338-6 (Ref. 75598)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00724 (0.00349 - 0.01505), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .