Order: Cypriniformes Family: Botiidae
Described from ‘Li Kiang, southern China’, which presumably refers to the place of the same name near Nanning city, Guangxi Autonomous Region.
Nanning is located at the confluence of the You and Zuo river systems which combine to form the Yong Jiang (Yong River) as it flows through the city, after which it’s known as the Yu Jiang. The Yu later joins the Xi Jiang, a major tributary of the famous Zhu Jiang (Pearl River).
S. robusta has been recorded from several other tributary drainages of the Zhu Jiang system including the Liu Jiang and Gui Jiang. The Zhu drains most of Guangxi plus Guangdong province, with parts of its upper reaches extending into parts of Yunnan, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces, plus northern Vietnam.
The area is one of the most populous and industrialised in China so much of the main Zhu channel is now highly polluted, particularly in its lower reaches.
Not much information is available but presumably inhabits moderate-to-slowly flowing stretches of streams or main river channels with clear water plus substrates of sand and rocks, as do other members of the genus.
Sympatric species often include Tor brevifilis, Onychostoma ovale, O. lini, O. gerlachi, Cirrhinus molitorella, Luciocyprinus langsoni, Saurogobio dabryi, Cobitis sinensis, Parabotia fasciata, Sinibotia reevesae, and Silurus asotus.
Maximum Standard Length
90 – 100 mm.
An aquarium base measuring at least 120 ∗ 30 cm or equivalent is recommended.