Gallery: New Species of the Mekong - Gherkin Fish (Schistura udomritthiruji) [LiveScience 2011-12-12]
Gherkin Fish (Schistura udomritthiruji)
A loach that looks like a gherkin was officially described in Southern Thailand. This particular new species, one of 25 new fish discoveries in 2010, is only known to be found in two clear gravel-bed streams flowing into the Andaman Sea between Takua Pa and Ranong. Based on the best available data, experts estimate that the Greater Mekong region is a permanent home to about 850 freshwater fish, with an approximate total of 1,100 including the coastal and marine ‘visitors’.