The hillstream loach is a small fish in central Vietnam. It is adapted to rapids and riffles with a modified ventral fin that can be used for clinging to rocks. The hillstream loaches feed on benthic invertebrates and algae.
Major threats to this species are overfishing, habitat degradation through dam construction, and siltation caused by deforestation practices. It is listed in the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, with decreasing natural populations.
Population and habitat status should be evaluated and fitting conservation measures deduced from that. In country conservation breeding should be established. As the species is commonly found in aquarium trade, not only the impact of this but also the opportunities should be examined as well.
The extensive factsheet for this species can be downloaded below.