Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Nemacheilidae
Etymology: Triplophysa: Greek, triplos = thrice + Greek, physa = tube (Ref. 45335); lixianensis: Named for the Chinese name Lixian, where the type specimens were collected.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 1 - ? m (Ref. 75016). Subtropical
Asia: Zagunao River of the upper Yangtze River drainage in China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75016)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Distinguished from all its congeners by possessing a unique combination of the following characters: posterior chamber of gas bladder absent or greatly reduced; caudal peduncle columnar with a roughly round cross-section at its beginning; anterior edge of lower jaw completely exposed or uncovered by lower lip; intestine short, forming a zigzag loop below stomach; origin of dorsal fin closer to the base of caudal fin than to snout tip; pelvic fin insertion anterior to dorsal-fin origin; snout length 50.6-57.5% HL; eye diameter 12.3-15.4% HL; caudal peduncle length 25.1-27.1% SL; anal fin with 5 branched rays; lower lip greatly furrowed with two thick lateral lobes; and body smooth or naked (Ref. 75016).
Found in rocky bottom with gravels and cobbles (Ref. 75016). Syntopic with a river loach Oreias dabryi and a cyprinid species Gymnocypris potanini where they may forage together (Ref. 75016).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
He, C., Z. Song and E. Zhang, 2008. Triplophysa lixianensis, a new nemacheiline loach species (Pisces: Balitoridae) from the upper Yangtze River drainage in Sichuan Province, South China. Zootaxa 1739:41-52. (Ref. 75016)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00692 (0.00326 - 0.01470), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .