Paracanthocobitis abutwebi

Subfamily: Nemacheilinae

Genus: Paracanthocobitis Grant

Lower lip with large papillated pad on either side of medial interruption; upper lip with 2-5 rows of papillae; conspicuous black spot with white outline on upper half of caudal fin base. Caudal fin emarginate or truncate, anus closer to pelvic fin insertion than to anal fin insertion.

Diagnosis: Lateral line complete, no axillary or pelvic lobe; alternating large and small spots along the lateral line; 10 – 13 small dorsal saddles not extending to lateral line.

Common names: Hillstream zipper loach


Punatsanchhu: Homa doban (Dagana)

Amochhu: Dorti khola (Chukha)

Altitude: 200 – 220 MASL

Conservation status: Least concern (IUCN)