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); zhaoi: Named for Chinese ichthyologist Zhao Tieqiao.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57977)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5;
Vertebrae: 42 - 44. Distinguished from its congeners in having 6 branched dorsal fin rays; no thickened rays in the unpaired fins; caudal peduncle laterally compressed and shorter than the head; pelvic fins inserted on the level of mid-base of the dorsal fin; 4 pectoral bony radials, where second radial is only slightly expanded and weakly blocked with the first radial; anterior and posterior nares closely spaced; occipital canal continuous with 3 pores; well-developed free air-bladder portion in the abdominal cavity; intestine long and spirally coiled; complete body lateral line; sphenotic contacting epiotic; minute anterior fontanelle in the skull; 4 basibranchials and 2 pairs of infrapharyngobranchials in the branchial apparatus; the pads of the breeding tubercles are weakly-developed in the preorbital region of the mature males, and such pad below the infraorbital canal is comma-shaped (Ref. 57977).
Inhabits swampy creeks. A moderately small species, found mature at 56 mm SL or more (Ref. 57977).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Prokofiev, A.M., 2006. Two new species of the loach genus Triplophysa Rendahl 1933 from the Western Mongolia and Northwestern China, with key of the species from the interior drainages of Tien-Shan, Karakurum and Altai Mountains. Senckenbergiana biologica 86(2):235-259. (Ref. 57977)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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=0.00692 (0.00324 - 0.01477), 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. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .