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"Taxonomic Notes: Nemacheilus rueppelli was originally described as Cobitis rupelli (note that the species name is different but it could be a spelling mistake because the author has named this species after Rüppell) by Sykes (1839) from Bhima and Mula-Mutha rivers of Pune, Maharashtra, India. The generic status is often debated. Day (1878) considered the genus Nemachilichthys, which is followed by Jayaram (1999), while Banarescu and Nalbant (1968) considered the genus Noemacheilus, which is followed by Menon (1987, 1999). Talwar and Jhingran (1991) considered the genus Nemacheilus, which is currently valid. Nemachilichthys shimogensis (Rao 1920) was synonymized with Nemacheilus rueppelli by several workers (Talwar and Jhingran 1991, Jayaram 1999, Menon 1999). However, Banarescu and Nalbant (1968) have suggested that the two species are separate and while N. rueppelli is restricted to the tributaries of Krishna River in northern Western Ghats, N. shimogensis is restricted to Tungabhadra and its head waters. Currently, Froese and Pauly (2010) and Eschmeyer and Fricke (2010) consider the two species distinct."

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