Microphysogobio tafangensis was first described in 1935 by Wang. The genusname Microphysogobio can be broken down into three words. Micro means small, physinx means bladder (referring to a reduces swim bladder in this genus) and gobio which is a gudgeon.
Microphysogobio tafangensis can reach a total length of around 10 centimetres. The males can be distinguished from females by their sail-like dorsal fin. The fins membrane has a blueish hue and the fin rays are red in colour. In the pictures, you will see only males as females are not exported yet.
This species can only be found in China. Microphysogobio tafangensis inhabit the Qiantang River in the southern province of Zhejiang.
They live in the fast-flowing parts of the river. The temperature in the wild ranges from below 10 degrees Celsius in winter up to 30 degrees in summer.
John de Lange
Last Updated on 10 December 2021 by John