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|Scientific Name||Pterocryptis cochinchinensis (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Type Locality||Cochinchine [? southern Vietnam].|
|Synonym(s)||Herklotsella anomala, Parasilurus anomalus, Parasilurus cochinchinensis, Pterocryptis anomalus, Silurus anomalus, Silurus cochinchinensis|
|Pronunciation||Terr oh krip tiss - koh cheen chee nan siss|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and kryptos, meaning hidden; in reference to the small dorsal fin. The specific epithet comes from Cochinchina (the old name for southern Vietnam), where the fish was first discovered.|
|Size||250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Catfishes of the genus Pterocryptis Peters, 1861, are medium sized members of the
Siluridae usually found in fast flowing mountain streams throughout India, southern China
and Southeast Asia. Pterocryptis had been considered a junior synonym of Silurus
Linnaeus, 1758, until its rediagnosis by Bornbusch (1991). There are 16 nominal species
of Pterocryptis (Ng & Freyhof, 2001). They can be distinguished from other siluroids by having a small dorsal fin,upper jaw longer than lower jaw and a confluent anal and caudal fin with a distnct notch between them.
Easily distinguished by its blunt head and truncate caudal fin.
There are actually several species of Pterocryptis currently identified as
|Sexing||Males have a small conical genital paiplla while females have a large, flattened, leaf-like papilla.
Males also have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine that females lack.
|General Remarks||Found in hillstreams with moderate to swift current and a predominantly rocky bottom.|
|Distribution||Central Vietnam. Populations reported from southern China belong to different species.
Vietnam waters, Central Vietnam Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.4 - 7.2|
|Temperature||16.0-23.0°C or 60.8-73.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Current strongly preferred|
|Feeding||Readily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. May eat very small fishes.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of rocks as hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful fish that is compatible with most (except very small) fish. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with a vigorous current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, and fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or >Barilius.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 14, pp 352.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 25 14:09 (species record created: 2006 Dec 25 21:31)|