Protocobitis polylepis Zhu, Lü, Yang & Zhang, 2008

Family:  Cobitidae (Spined loaches)
Max. size:  2.61 cm SL (male/unsexed); 3.3 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: known only from an underground water source near Wuming County in Guangxi, China.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-7; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Differs from the known species, Protocobitis typhlops, by having the following characters: presence of light black pigmentation; body covered by rudimental scales except for head and abdomen; head length 24.1%-24.8% of SL; body depth 16.2%-16.3% of SL; inner rostral barbel length 19.8%-21.0% of head length; outer rostral barbel length 28.6%-30.2% of head length; maxillary barbel length 44.6%-46.0% of head length (Ref. 78524).
Biology:  Collected from an underground water source (Ref. 78524).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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