Yasuhikotakia modesta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cobitidae
Subfamily: Botiinae
Genus: Yasuhikotakia
Nalbant, 2002

Yasuhikotakia (Mekong loaches) is a genus of loaches, many which are popular aquarium fish. 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.[1] Some future study might further place Y. sidthimunki and Y. nigrolineata in another genus.[2]

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


  • Yasuhikotakia caudipunctata (Taki & Doi, 1995)
  • Yasuhikotakia eos (Taki, 1972) (Sun loach)
  • Yasuhikotakia lecontei (Fowler, 1937) (Silver loach)
  • Yasuhikotakia longidorsalis (Taki & Doi, 1995)
  • Yasuhikotakia modesta (Bleeker, 1864) (Redtail botia)
  • Yasuhikotakia morleti (Tirant, 1885) (Skunk botia)
  • Yasuhikotakia nigrolineata (Kottelat & X. L. Chu, 1987)
  • Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki (Klausewitz, 1959) (Dwarf botia)
  • Yasuhikotakia splendida (T. R. Roberts, 1995)


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Matt Clarke, "More loach splitting on the way?", Accessed 13 July 2007.