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Encyclopedia > Cobitidae
Loaches
Image:A clown loach.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cobitidae
Genera

Acanthopsoides
Acanthophthalmus
Acantopsis
Beaufortia
Botia
Cobitis
Crossostoma
Enobarbichthys
Formosiana
Iksookimia
Koreocobitis
Lepidocephalichthys
Lepidocephalus
Leptobotia
Misgurnus
Neoeucirrhichthys
Niwaella
Pangio
Parabotia
Paralepidocephalus
Paramisgurnus
Protocobitis
Sabanejewia
Serpenticobitis
Somileptes (Gongota loach)

Loaches are freshwater fishes of the family Cobitidae, small bottom-dwelling fishes with a flattened ventral profile. Many of the 160 species are brightly_colored and popular with freshwater aquarists. Some species are popular as food fish in Japan.



Cultural Note

Referenced by Shakespeare in Henry IV, part 1: "Why, they will allow us ne'er a jordan, and then we leak in your chimney; and your chamber-lie breeds fleas like a loach." (Act 2)



? (Acanthocobitis, Gastromyzon to Balitoridae, river loaches)


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Eschmeyer References by Family (4414 words)
Economidis, P. and Nalbant, T. A study of the loaches of the genera *Cobitis* and *Sabanejewia* (Pisces, Cobitidae) of Greece, with description of six new taxa.
Kim, I.-S. and Lee, Y.-J., 1987 A new subspecies of cobitid fish (Pisces: Cobitidae) from the Paikchon Stream, Chollabuk-do, Korea.
Myers, G. *Puntius streeteri*, a new cyprinoid fish from Borneo, and *Cobitophis*, a new genus of Bornean Cobitidae.
Loaches (389 words)
SIZE="2" FACE="Verdana">Loaches are represented by the family, Cobitidae (Loaches and Thorneyes).
Cobitidae are made up of two sub-families, Botiinae and Cobitinae.
The Cobitidae Family is widespread throughout the Old World.
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