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Kuhli loaches.jpg
Kuhlii loaches, Pangio kuhlii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cobitidae
Genus: Pangio
Blyth, 1860
Type species
Cobitis cinnamomea
McClelland 1839

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Pangio is a genus of freshwater fish in the loach family (Cobitidae). In earlier taxonomic schemes it was known as Acanthophthalmus. It is best known for the kuhlii loach, Pangio kuhlii, which is often kept by aquarists.

The type species is Cobitis cinnamomea McClelland 1839, now known as Pangio pangia.[1]

These fish are best represented in the Sunda Islands, where 16 of the species inhabit. Other species are known from India and Myanmar.[2]


There are currently 32 recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ "Pangio". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Matt (2007-03-15). "Four new kuhli loaches described". Practical Fishkeeping magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ Kottelat, M. (2012): Conspectus cobitidum: an inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Suppl. No. 26: 1-199.
  4. ^ Britz, R., Ali, A. & Raghavan, R. (2012): Pangio ammophila, a new species of eel-loach from Karnataka, southern India (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 23 (1): 45-50.