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Double Horned Golden Line Barbel

Double Horned Golden Line Barbel

C033/8575

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50.5 x 31.8 cm ⏐ 19.9 x 12.5 in (300dpi)

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DANTE FENOLIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DANTE FENOLIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The Double Horned Golden Line Barbel, Sinocyclocheilus bicornutus, is endemic to a small area of Guizhou, China. It was not described by science until 1997. This species grows to a length of roughly 7 inches. Sexually mature adults develop hard conical spines on their forehead and face; the function of the spines is not yet understood. The locality where the first individuals were discovered is a large cave with regular colonies of bats living in it. This individual was photographed in China, 2014.

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