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|Scientific Name||Glyptothorax laosensis Fowler, 1934|
|Type Locality||Bua Yai, e. Thailand.|
|Pronunciation||Gleep toe thor axe|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the Greek glyptos, meaning carved, and thorax, meaning breastplate (or the part of the body covered by it), in reference to the folds of skin comprising the thoracic adhesive apparatus.|
|Size||108mm (4.3") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Sisorid catfishes of the genus Glyptothorax Blyth are benthic inhabitants of torrential waters of rivers and streams in montane and submontane parts of tropical Asia. The members of the genus are adapted to attach themselves to rocks and boulders against strong currents by means of a thoracic adhesive apparatus comprising grooves and folded pleats of skin parallel or oblique to the longitudinal axis of the body. The genus has a wide distribution, ranging from Turkey and Syria in the west, to India and China in the east, and extending further southeastward to Indonesia. With 84 nominal species, Glyptothorax are the most speciose genus of catfishes in Asia (Eschmeyer et al., 1998, Ng, 2005); 67 species were treated as valid by Thomson & Page (2006).
Blackish body; a yellowish stripe along the middle of the side and one along the dorsal mid-line; head and body smooth, covered by small tubercles, all more or less of same size; usually a black bar or almost entirely black on anal fin.
|Distribution||Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Temperature||18.0-23.0°C or 64.4-73.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|Feeding||Feeds on aquatic insect larvae.|
|Furniture||Inhabits flowing waters of small and medium-sized streams. Found over coarse substrates and in small upland streams with alternating pools, waterfalls and rapids.|
|Breeding||Unreported in captivity.|
|References||Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. v. 86 88 Figs. 28-30|
|Registered Keepers||(1) amiidae.
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|Last Update||2011 Jan 21 02:55 (species record created: 2006 Oct 07 01:28)|
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