Kryptopterus geminus , Heok Hee Ng, 2003
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Cryptopterus cryptopterus (non Bleeker, 1851) - Hora, 1923: 166.
Kryptopterus cryptopterus (non Bleeker, 1851) - Fowler, 1937: 136; Smith, 1945: 340; Taki, 1968: 18 (misspelled K. chryptopterus ); 1974: 63, Fig. 63; Kottelat, 1985: 268; 1998: 104, Fig. 157; 2001: 127, Fig. 347; Mai et al., 1992: 159; Truong & Tran,1993: 162, Fig. 69; Roberts, 1993: 34; Roberts & Warren, 1994: 102; Bornbusch, 1995: 44 (in part); Rainboth, 1996: 146, Pl. XIX Fig. 151; Gaanantkul et al., 2000: 38.
Type material. Holotype: UMMZ 234664, 123.8 mm SL; Cambodia: Stung Treng, Mekong River 2 km downstream from mouth of Tonle San on sandbars, Mekong River drainage , 13°31'N 105°56'E; WJ Rainboth et al., 11 February 1996.GoogleMaps
Paratypes: CAMBODIA: CAS 94290, 8 ex., 82.8-122.7 mm SL; Stung Treng market, Mekong River drainage , 13°30'N 105°58'E; TR Roberts, 2-18 February 1994.GoogleMaps UMMZ 181135, 3 ex., 76.3-110.1 mm SL; Prey Veng province: Prek Toch at Banam, Mekong River drainage , 11°17'N 105°17'E; KH Toy, 23 June 1959.GoogleMaps UMMZ 181258, 1 ex., 126.2 mm SL; Pursat, Great Lake at Kompong Luong, Mekong River drainage , 12°35'N 104°11'E; J. Bardach, 18 March 1959.GoogleMaps UMMZ 232390, 2 ex., 62.2-76.0 mm SL; Kandal: Tonle Sap, 22 km upstream from Phnom Penh, Mekong River drainage , 11°44'N 104°50'E; WJ Rainboth, 3 February 1995.GoogleMaps UMMZ 232678, 3 ex., 92.1-107.8 mm SL; Kompong Chhnang: Tonle Sap at Kompong Chhnang, fishing lot 9 in second channel E of town, Mekong River drainage , 12°16'N 104°47'E; WJ Rainboth, C Rotha & N van Zalinge, 27 February 1995.GoogleMaps UMMZ 232734, 3 ex., 76.3-87.9 mm SL; Kompong Thom: Tonle Sap at exit to Great Lake, 4 km NW of Chhnok Trou at Kompong Thom fishing lot 2, Mekong River drainage , 12°31'N 104°27'E; WJ Rainboth, C Rotha & N van Zalinge, 28 February 1995.GoogleMaps UMMZ 232754, 6 ex., 72.2-89.2 mm SL; Kompong Chhnang: Tonle Sap River, 17 km upstream from Kompong Chhnang, Mekong River drainage , 12°24'N 104°37'E; WJ Rainboth, C Rotha & N van Zalinge, 1 March 1995.GoogleMaps
LAOS: CAS 94760, 1 ex., 82.4 mm SL; Mekong River at Ban Hang Khone, just below Khone falls, Mekong River drainage , 13°56'N 105°56'E; TR Roberts, June-July 1993.GoogleMaps UMMZ 235385, 3 ex., 100.7-126.5 mm SL; Mekong River at Ban Hang Khone, just downstream from Khone Falls, Mekong River drainage , 13°56'N 105°56'E; I. Baird, date unknown.GoogleMaps UMMZ 241113, 5 ex., 122.0-170.6 mm SL; Vientiane province, morning market at Vientiane, Mekong River drainage , 17°59'N 102°36'E; WJ Rainboth, March 1997.GoogleMaps
THAILAND: CAS 61912, 11 ex., 92.7-132.2 mm SL; Ubon Ratchathani province: fish market at Ubon Ratchathani, Mekong River drainage , 15°13'59"N 104°51'47"E; TR Roberts, 28 June-2 July 1985.GoogleMaps CAS 93915, 1 ex., 136.2 mm SL; Ayutthaya province: Ayutthaya market, Chao Phraya River drainage , 14°20'N 100°32'E; TR Roberts, 5-7 March 1989.GoogleMaps CAS 96689, 1 ex., 101.2 mm SL; Prachinburi market, Bang Pakong River drainage , 14°3'N 101°22'E; TR Roberts, 8-10 September 1990.GoogleMaps CAS 96690, 1 ex., 92.3 mm SL; Nakhon Sawan market, Chao Phraya River drainage , 15°37'N 100°7'E; TR Roberts, 10-12 April 1989.GoogleMaps CAS 96745, 1 ex., 110.9 mm SL; Nakhon Sawan market, Chao Phraya River drainage , 15°37'N 100°7'E; TR Roberts, 4-5 February 1989.GoogleMaps CAS 97094, 18 ex., 55.7-100.3 mm SL; Ubon Ratchathani province: fish market at Ubon Ratchathani, Mekong River drainage , 15°13'59"N 104°51'47"E; TR Roberts, 11-13 September 1990.GoogleMaps CAS 128829, 1 ex., 114.2 mm SL; Mae Nam Chao Phraya at Bangkok, Chao Phraya River drainage , 13°45'N 100°31'E; HM Smith, 12 September 1923.GoogleMaps UMMZ 186694, 1 ex., 143.3 mm SL; Chao Phraya River, ca. 20 km N of Nakhon Sawan, Chao Phraya River drainage , 15°37'N 100°7'E; KF Lagler, 15 October 1964GoogleMaps UMMZ 186767, 1 ex., 139.4 mm SL; market at Nakhon Phanom, Mekong River drainage , 17°25'N 104°46'E; KF Lagler, 9 February 1965.GoogleMaps UMMZ 186777, 2 ex., 79.8-80.6 mm SL; Nam Kham River, at base of dam building Nong Han, Mekong River drainage , 17°21'N 103°6'E; KF Lagler et al., 8 February 1965.GoogleMaps UMMZ 186826, 1 ex., 107.4 mm SL; fish market at Korat, Mekong River drainage , 14°56'N 102°5'E; KF Lagler et al., 13 February 1965.GoogleMaps UMMZ 186838, 5 ex., 113.1-145.2 mm SL; market at Kanchanaburi, Mae Khlong River drainage , 14°1'N 99°32'E; KF Lagler, NC Suvatti & M Boonbrahm, 24-25 March 1965.GoogleMaps UMMZ 186843, 1 ex., 128.0 mm SL; Mae Nam Mae Khlong at Ban Pong, 2 km downstream, Mae Khlong River drainage , 14°18'N 99°49'E; KF Lagler et al., 25-26 March 1965.GoogleMaps UMMZ 214560, 6 ex., 59.2-113.0 mm SL; Ubon Ratchathani province: Huay Mark 8 km N of Khong Chiam at confluence with Mekong River, Mekong River drainage , 15°22'N 105°29'E; RE Arden, T Maknuam & V Kathong, 7 October 1975.GoogleMaps UMMZ 217165, 5 ex., 49.7-108.7 mm SL; Ubon Ratchathani province: Huay Phai, 7 km N of Khong Chiam, at confluence with Mekong River, Mekong River drainage , 15°22'N 105°29'E; RE Arden, T Maknuan & V Kathong, 7 October 1975.GoogleMaps UMMZ 217169, 1 ex., 122.6 mm SL; Nakhon Phanom province: Mekong River at Ban Tha Kai, 21 km downstream from Mukdahan, Mekong River drainage , 16°22'5"N 105°53'22"E; Y Dhammigbavon & S Sairaj, 6 October 1975.GoogleMaps UMMZ 217171, 2 ex., 39.4-54.4 mm SL; Ubon Ratchathani province: Mun River, 3 km downstream from Ubon Ratchathani, Mekong River drainage , 15°13'N 104°51'E; Y Dhammigbavorn & V Kathong, 28 November 1975.GoogleMaps UMMZ 224384, Ubon Ratchathani province, Mun River at Ban Dan, 3 km upstream of confluence with Mekong River, Mekong River drainage , 15°22'N 105°29'E; S Sontirat& ED Buskirk, 20 June 1975.GoogleMaps ZRC 40768, 5 ex., 107.9-115.9 mm SL; Nakhon Phanom, Mekong River drainage , 17°25'N 104°46'E; K. Kubota, 1998.GoogleMaps
VIETNAM: UMMZ 217354, 2 ex., 41.0-65.5 mm SL; Phong Dinh province: Bassac River at Can Tho, Mekong River drainage , 10°1'N 105°46'E; RE Arden & OK Minh, 3 November 1974.GoogleMaps UMMZ 217365, 1 ex., 41.8 mm SL; Phong Dinh province: Bassac River 0.5 km downstream of Can Tho, Mekong River drainage , 10°1'N 105°46'E; RE Arden & OK Minh, 3 November 1974.GoogleMaps UMMZ 227492, 2 ex., 88.4-100.7 mm SL; Phong Dinh province, Can Tho island, shallows around E end, 3.5 km SE of Can Tho, Mekong River drainage , 10°1'N 105°46'E; ML Smith & RP Weidenbach, 19 July 1974.GoogleMaps
Diagnosis. Both K. cryptopterus and K. geminus ZBK can be distinguished from congeners in the dorsal profile lacking a nuchal concavity (vs. nuchal concavity present) and having short maxillary barbels (extending to the base of the pectoral fin vs. extending beyond tip of pectoral fin). Kryptopterus geminus ZBK differs from K. cryptopterus in having a narrower head (9.5-12.0% SL vs. 12.2-14.2), longer anal fin (62.2-72.7% SL vs. 57.2-62.9) and snout (39.5-45.3% HL vs. 35.1-39.8), and more laterally-placed eyes (only ventral half of the orbital margin visible when the head is viewed ventrally vs. ventral two-thirds; Fig. 2).
Description. Body laterally compressed; maximum body depth located immediately anterior to pelvic-fin origin; head as broad as body and moderately depressed. Dorsal profile of body horizontal to very slightly convex, without nuchal concavity.
Anterior profile of snout rounded. Anterior pair of nostrils tubular and anteromedial to maxillary barbel base. Posterior pair of nostrils bordered by fleshy dorsal and ventral membranes and posteromedial to maxillary barbel base.
Mouth terminal; gape oblique, moderate and extending to midway between maxillary barbel base and anterior orbital margin. Well-developed rictal lobes present, subtended by deep submandibular groove. Thin, broad supralabial fold extending from below orbit to point two thirds of way between maxillary barbel base and anterior orbital margin. Jaw teeth depressible and villiform. Premaxillary teeth in 4-5 irregular rows in narrow, gently curved rectangular bands. Dentary teeth in similar, slightly narrower bands narrowing posterolaterally, reaching from symphysis almost to mouth corners. First row of dentary teeth slightly visible when mouth is closed. Vomerine teeth in 2-3 rows in single crecentic band straddling midline.
Two pairs of barbels. Maxillary barbels slightly flattened for entire length, reaching to base of pectoral fin. Mandibular barbels (only outer pair present) very short and thin; length about half of eye diameter. Eyes fairly large, subcutaneous (without free orbital margin); located at approximately midpoint of head and immediately behind supralabial fold. Anterior orbital margin just visible dorsally; ventral half of orbital margin visible ventrally.
Gill membranes separate and overlapping, free from isthmus; gular fold well-developed and v-shaped. Branchiostegal rays 9 (2) or 10 (40). Gill rakers short, without odontodes; anteriormost rakers on lower first arch widely spaced; 4+16 (17), 5+15 (12), 4+17 (10), 5+16 (5), 4+18 (5) or 5+17 (3).
Dorsal fin rudimentary, with 2 (42) rays. Depressed pectoral fin reaching beyond origin of anal fin; distal margin broadly convex, with rounded tip. Fourth branched pectoral ray longest and fin with 12 (34) or 13 (8) rays. Proximal two-thirds of first pectoral-fin element co-ossified into a slender spine. Spine with shallow oblique striae on dorsal and ventral surfaces and with 10-18 very small serrations on posterior edge in both sexes. Axillary pore small, located just above pectoral spine base. Depressed pelvic fin reaching to second or third anal-fin ray; distal margin convex with i,5 (42) rays. Distal margin of anal fin straight, with 64 (1), 65 (5), 66 (4), 67 (7), 68 (5), 69 (8), 70 (5), 71 (3), 72 (2), 73 (1) or 74 (1) rays; separate from caudal fin. Integument over anal fin thickened proximally for two thirds of ray lengths; fin-ray erector muscles attaching to base of fin rays, ventralmost extent of muscles defined by area of thickened integument. Caudal peduncle slender. Caudal fin deeply forked, lobes elongate and with rounded tips; upper lobe slightly longer; principal rays i,7,8,i (42). Urogenital papillae of both sexes located immediately posterior to insertion of pelvic fin.
Sensory canals on head with simple elongate tubes under skin leading to minute pores, which often appear as small unpigmented spots. Lateral line complete, extending to middle of caudal-fin base, with short branches along flanks directed posteroventrally.
Vertebrae 13+37=50 (1), 13+38=51 (6), 14+37=51 (1), 13+39=52 (14), 14+38 (1), 13+40=53 (7), 14+39=53 (8) or 14+40=54 (4). Morphometric data are in Table 1.
Coloration. In 70% ethanol: Light brown on dorsal region and upper one third of flank, gradually fading to paler color on lower two-thirds of flank and ventral region. Melanophores distributed in thin bands along dorsal midline and along lateral line. Scattered melanophores on flanks and thickened integument over anal fin. Interradial membranes of pectoral and anal fins with melanophores, scattered in some and densely distributed in others. Caudal fin hyaline, with black distal margin. Dorsal half of barbels pale brown, fading to a paler color towards ventral surface. Color in life translucent.
Distribution. Known from the Mekong (from the mouth upriver to Vientiane), Mae Khlong (the mouth to at least Kanchanaburi), Bang Pakong (from the mouth to at least Prachinburi) and Chao Phraya River (the mouth upriver to at least Ayutthaya) drainages in mainland Southeast Asia (Fig. 3).
Etymology. From the Latin geminus, meaning twin-born; in allusion to the close morphological similarity of this species to K. cryptopterus . Used as a noun.
Both K. cryptopterus and K. geminus ZBK can be distinguished from all other silurids in possessing the following two synapomorphies: a supralabial fold that is anteriorly truncated such that the lower edge extends far posterior to the base of the maxillary barbel and an elongate antorbital process of the lateral ethmoid that is not anteroposteriorly compressed (Bornbusch, 1995). Kryptopterus geminus ZBK and K. cryptopterus also do not show any marked sexual dimorphism in the pectoral-fin spine as reported for most other silurid genera (e.g. Inger & Chin, 1962; Bornbusch & Lundberg, 1989; Ng & Ng, 1998). The two species are further distinguished from congeners in lacking a nuchal concavity (present in all other Kryptopterus ZBK ) and short maxillary barbels (reaching to base of pectoral fin vs. reaching at least to the origin of the anal fin in congeners).
The differences noted between K. cryptopterus and K. geminus ZBK are not due to ontogeny. Bivariate analyses (ANCOVA) of the regression lines of the anal-fin length, head width and snout length on SL for both species are significantly different at P<0.000005 (Fig. 4).
The identity of the material identified as K. cryptopterus by Smith (1945) from the Tapi River drainage could not be ascertained. It is very likely that it may represent K. geminus ZBK , given the similarity of the fauna from the Tapi River drainage with that of the Mekong.
The post-Pleistocene isolation of the North Sunda River was probably the significant vicariant event leading to speciation of sister taxa in mainland and Sundaic Southeast Asia in freshwater fishes (Bornbusch & Lundberg, 1989). These sister species (consisting of distinct Sundaic and mainland Southeast Asian species) had long been assumed to be a single species widely distributed in large rivers throughout Southeast Asia, a phenomenon only recently acknowledged to exist in many freshwater fish groups. This is the most likely scenario for the speciation of K. cryptopterus and K. geminus ZBK , as in other silurid [ Belodontichthys ZBK (see Kottelat & Ng, 1999), Ceratoglanis ZBK (see Ng, 1999), Hemisilurus ZBK (see Bornbusch & Lundberg, 1989), Kryptopterus ZBK (see Ng, 2001), and Ompok ZBK (see Ng, 2003a; 2003b)] and freshwater fish [e.g. Epalzeorhynchos ZBK (see Yang & Winterbottom, 1998)] groups.
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