Sinobdella sinensis

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Sinobdella sinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Synbranchiformes
Family: Mastacembelidae
Genus: Sinobdella
Species: S. sinensis
Binomial name
Sinobdella sinensis
(Bleeker, 1870)
  • Ophidium aculeatum Basilewsky, 1855
  • Mastacembelus sinensis (Bleeker, 1870)
  • Rhynchobdella sinensis Bleeker, 1870

Sinobdella sinensis is an East Asian species of the spiny eel family of the order Synbranchiformes. It is the only species in the genus Sinobdella according to FishBase,[2] but another species, S. dienbienensis, is placed there by Catalog of Fishes (that species in Mastacembelus by FishBase).[3]

The placement of this genus has been debated. It is placed in Mastacembelidae as the sister group to the rest of the family. This species has been placed as a member of the family Chaudhuriidae, but the evidence for this relationship is not strong.[4]

This fish is a subtropical species[2] found in rivers in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.[1] It can grow to 19 cm (7.5 in) TL.[2] It inhabits rivers, feeding on larvae, insects, worms and crustaceans.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Huckstorf, V. (2012). "Sinobdella sinensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T166978A1159184. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T166978A1159184.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Sinobdella sinensis" in FishBase. August 2014 version.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, W.N.; R. Fricke; R. van der Laan (14 May 2018). "Catalog of Fishes". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Vreven, E. J. (2005). "Mastacembelidae (Teleostei; Synbranchiformes) subfamily division and African generic division: an evaluation". Journal of Natural History. 39 (4): 351–370. doi:10.1080/0022293042000195975.