CREATURE FEATURE: Blyth’s Loach

The Blyth’s Loach (Syncrossus berdmorei) is a tropical freshwater fish. It is in the Botiidae (botiid) family of pointface loaches, such as the Tiger Botia. 

The Blyth’s Loach has an elongated body with red fins that have dark spots. It has regular dark greyish vertical stripes and black spots near its head. Its face has thin horizontal greyish stripes. It has short whiskers, called barbels, on its snout (nose). It has a downward-facing mouth. 

It measures up to 25 centimetres (10 inches) long. 

Blyth’s Loach

The Blyth’s Loach is native to Asia, in countries such as Thailand, India, and Myanmar (Burma). It prefers freshwater streams and rivers with soft, sandy bottoms. 

Blyth’s Loach

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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