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Scientific Name Glyptothorax verrucosus  Yumnam Rameshori and Waikhom Vishwanath., 2012
Common Name Craggy glyptothorax
Type Locality India: Mizoram: Lawntlai District: Koladyne River at Kolchaw.
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. From the Latin verrucosus meaning full of warts in reference to the dense tuberculations on the body. An adjective.
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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).

Glyptothorax verrucosus is characterized by having a dorsal fin with a C-shaped dark brown marking, its lower limb extending the entire dorsal-fin base;an elliptical thoracic adhesive apparatus with a median depression; densely tuberculate skin on adipose fin and all over the body, tubercles larger, rounded and linearly arranged along the creamish yellow midlateral longitudinal stripe; strong and long pectoral spine with 10-14 serrae; poorly developed plicae on the ventral surface of the pectoral spine; a long dorsal spine (15.2-18.7 % SL); and 2 + 7 gill rakers.
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Distribution Presently only known from the Koladyne River in Mizoram, India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Kaladan (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 23 (no. 2) "Glyptothorax verrucosus, a new sisorid catfish species from the Koladyne basin, Mizoram, India (Teleostei: Sisoridae)"
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Last Update 2013 Feb 20 11:14 (species record created: 2003 Oct 04 00:00)