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Hillstream loach

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hillstream loaches
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Superclass[?]:Osteichthyes
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Cypriniformes
Family:Balitoridae
Genera
Subfamily Balitorinae
    Annamia[?]
    Balitora[?]
    Bhavania[?]
    Crossostoma[?]
    Cryptotora[?]
    Gastromyzon[?]
    Glaniopsis[?]
    Hemimyzon[?]
    Homaloptera[?]
    Hypergastromyzon[?]
    Lepturichthys[?]
    Liniparhomaloptera[?]
    Neohomaloptera[?]
    Paraprotomyzon[?]
    Parhomaloptera[?]
    Plesiomyzon[?]
    Protomyzon[?]
    Pseudogastromyzon[?]
    Pseudohomaloptera[?]
    Sectoria[?]
    Sewellia[?]
    Sinogastromyzon[?]
    Travancoria[?]
Subfamily Nemacheilinae
    Aborichthys[?]
    Acanthocobitis[?]
    Barbatula[?]
    Ellopostoma[?]
    Indoreonectes[?]
    Lefua[?]
    Longischistura[?]
    Mesonemacheilus[?]
    Micronemacheilus[?]
    Nemacheilus[?]
    Neonoemacheilus[?]
    Nun[?]
    Oreonectes[?]
    Orthrias[?]
    Paracobitis[?]
    Physoschistura[?]
    Schistura[?]
    Seminemacheilus[?]
    Sphaerophysa[?]
    Sundoreonectes[?]
    Triplophysa[?]
    Troglocobitis[?]
    Tuberoschistura[?]
    Turcinemacheilus[?]
    Vaillantella[?]
    Yunnanilus[?]
unclassified
    Beaufortia[?]
    Oreias[?]
    Vanmanenia[?]

The hillstream loaches are a family (Balitoridae) of small Eurasian fish that generally live in fast-flowing streams and have a large sucker mouth and modified ventral fins used for clinging to rocks. They have a number of similarities with the sibling family of loaches (Cobitidae), such as multiple barbels[?] around the mouth. They should not be confused with Plecostomus[?], which looks similar but is a type of catfish.

The family includes over 500 species in at least 52 genera. Many of the species are popular for aquaria.

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