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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Amblycipitidae
Genus: Xiurenbagrus
Species: X. dorsalis – X. gigas – X. xiurenensis

Xiurenbagrus Chen and Lundberg, 1995

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Xiurenbagrus is a genus of torrent catfishes (order Siluriformes) of the family Amblycipitidae. It includes three species.[1]


X. xiurenensis was first described in 1981 as Liobagrus xiurenensis. However, it was realized that Liobagrus would not be monophyletic with the inclusion of this species, so Xiurenbagrus was erected. The genera Amblyceps and Liobagrus are sister group pair that is, in turn, sister to Xiurenbagrus.[2]

Xiurenbagrus dorsalis Hui, Yang & Zheng, 2014.[3]
Xiurenbagrus gigas Zhao, Lan & Zhang, 2004 [4]
Xiurenbagrus xiurenensis Yue, 1981


X. gigas is known only from the Hongshuihe River which belongs to the Xijiang River, the largest tributary of the Pearl River basin in China.[4] X. xiurenensis inhabits the Pearl River, northward to Lijiang River near Guilin, Guangxi, southward to Zuojiang River near Longzhou, Guangxi.[2]

Xiurenbagrus species have a ventral mouth. The fin margins are pale. The adipose fin is not confluent with the caudal fin and has a free lobe.[2] X. gigas is the largest species of amblycipitid and grows to about 16.5 centimetres (6.5 in) SL.[4] X. xiurenensis is a small- to medium-sized amblycipitid, growing to about 10.7 cm (4.2 in) SL.[2]

Little is known about the ecology of these fishes. X. xiurenensis is benthic and inhabits streams in the Nanling mountain range. The stomach contents have been studied to contain parts of arthropods.[2]

Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628.
Chen, Xiaoping; Lundberg, John G. (1995). "Xiurenbagrus, a New Genus of Amblycipitid Catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes), and Phylogenetic Relationships among the Genera of Amblycipitidae". Copeia. 1995 (4): 780–800. doi:10.2307/1447027. JSTOR 1447027.
Xiu, L-H, J Yang & H-F Zheng, 2014. An extraordinary new blind catfish, Xiurenbagrus dorsalis (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Amblycipitidae), from Guangxi, China. Zootaxa 3835: 376–380
Zhao, Yahui; Lan, Jiahu; Zhang, Chunguang (2004). "A new species of amblycipitid catfish, Xiurenbagrus gigas (Teleostei: Siluriformes), from Guangxi, China". Ichthyological Research. 51 (3): 228–232. doi:10.1007/s10228-004-0220-z.

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