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Yasuhikotakia modesta.jpg
Yasuhikotakia modesta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Botiidae
Genus: Yasuhikotakia
Nalbant, 2002

Yasuhikotakia (Mekong loaches) is a genus of botiid loaches, many which are popular aquarium fish.[1] It is named in honor of Japanese collector/researcher Dr. Yasuhiko Taki. This genus has been separated from the genus Botia in the paper by Maurice Kottelat in 2004.[2]

Fishes of the genus Yasuhikotakia are found inhabiting river systems in Indochina such as the Mekong, Chao Phraya, and Mae Klong.


There are currently seven recognized species in this genus:[3][1] Two additional species formerly included in this genus have been moved to Ambastaia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 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.
  2. ^ Kottelat, M. 2004. Botia kubotai, a new species of loach (Teleostei: Cobitidae) from the Ataran River basin (Myanmar), with comments on botiine nomenclature and diagnosis of a new genus. Zootaxa, 401: 1-18.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Yasuhikotakia in FishBase. December 2012 version.