|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Glyptosternon reticulatum McClelland, 1842|
|Common Name||Turkestan Catfish|
|Type Locality||Sir-i-Chusma, source of Kabul R., Afghanistan.|
|Synonym(s)||Exostoma labrax, Exostoma stoliczkae, Glyptosternon reticulatus, Glyptosternon stoliczkae|
|Pronunciation||Gleep toe stir nawn - reh tick ewe latt uhm|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the Greek glyptos, meaning carved, and sternon, meaning breast, in reference to the folds of skin comprising the thoracic adhesive apparatus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin reticulatus, meaning net-like, in reference to the color pattern.|
|Size||240mm or 9.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Depressed head and body, enlarged paired fins without ossified first pectoral-fin element (pectoral spine). Gill openings relatively wide and extend to ventral surface of head.|
|Sexing||Males have a larger genital papilla, and also appear to be more tuberculate during breeding season.|
|General Remarks||The habitat pictures were taken at approximately 1800 above sea level in the Fergana mountain range in southern Kyrgyzstan in April 2009. The name of the river isn't recorded, but its a tributary of the Kyzylungugir river. The species is relatively common and is eaten locally.|
|Distribution||Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Tibet. Also found in the central Asian republics of the former USSR.
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|pH||6.8 - 7.8|
|Temperature||10.0-20.0°C or 50-68°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Needs well oxygenated water.|
|Feeding||Will feed on live/frozen food.|
|Furniture||A gravel/rocky bottom and a strong current.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful species suitable for the hillstream biotope tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with strong current. Ideal tankmates include larger fast-water cyprinids such as Garra.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||J. Nat. Hist. Calcuttav. 2 (no. 8) - pp584|
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|Last Update||2018 Jan 01 08:50 (species record created: 2003 Nov 14 00:00)|