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Why is Pseudophromenus cupanus (Teleostei: Osphronemidae) reported from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Pakistan?
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology. (Ichthyology)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6075-0266
University of Dhaka. (Department of Zoology)
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology. (FishBase)
University of Dhaka. (Depatment of Zoology)
2015 (English)In: Zootaxa, ISSN 1175-5326, E-ISSN 1175-5334, Vol. 3990, no 4, 575-583 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The native distribution of the small labyrinth fish species Pseudosphromenus cupanus includes southern India and Sri Lanka. According to literature it has a range including also Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia (Sumatra) but there are no voucher specimens or reliable observations from those areas. The distribution record of P. cupanus was inflated partly by including P. dayi as a synonym. Pseudosphronemus dayi is native to the Western Ghats in India, but the origin of the aquarium importation in 1907 was reported as both Cochin (=Kochi) and Malacca (=Malaysia), the latter locality obviously in error. The basis for the Sumatra record is an obviously mislabeled sample of P. dayi from Pulau Weh close to Sumatra. The basis for reporting the species from Pakistan, Myanmar or Bangladesh could not be located. Misidentified museum specimens from Myanmar and Pakistan identified as P. cupanus were never published on. Pseudosphromenus cupanus has been considered recently to be extinct in Bangladesh, but in fact it never occurred there.

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2015. Vol. 3990, no 4, 575-583 p.
Keyword [en]
Asia, Freshwater, Geographical distribution, Threat status
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Zoology
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Diversity of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-1425DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3990.4.6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-1425DiVA: diva2:874547
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Genetic characterization of freshwater fishes in Bangladesh using DNA barcodes
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Swedish Research Council, D0674001
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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