Parabotia is a genus of loaches. Most species in the genus are endemic to China, but P. curtis is from Japan, P. dubius is from Vietnam, and P. mantschuricus is from the Amur River basin.

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Ayumodoki (P. curtus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Botiidae
Genus: Parabotia
Dabry de Thiersant, 1872
Type species
Parabotia fasciatus
Dabry de Thiersant ex Guichenot 1872


There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus:[1]

(Note that under nomenclatural rules, this genus must be considered as masculine even though all other genera ending in -botia are considered to be feminine. See reference for more information.[1])


  1. ^ a b Kottelat, M. (2012): Conspectus cobitidum: an inventory of the loaches of the world (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitoidei). Archived February 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 26: 1-199.
  2. ^ Zhu, D.-g. & Zhu, Y. (2012): Description of a New Species of Parabotia Fish from Guangxi, China (Cypriniformes: Cobitidae). Archived 2013-08-11 at the Wayback Machine Journal of Yunnan Agricultural University, 27 (3): 447-449. (Chinese w/English abstract)