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Scientific Name Akysis vespa  Ng & Kottelat, 2004
Common Names Orange Banded Stone Catfish
Orange Banded Hillstream Catfish, Wasp Stream Catfish
Type Locality Stream "Chon Son" between Kyondaw and Phadaw, about 20 kilometers northwest of Payathouzu (at border with Thailand), 15°25'N, 98°15'E, Kayin State, Myanmar.
Pronunciation ack EYE siss
Etymology From the Greek a, meaning without and kystis, meaning bladder; in reference to the lack of a swimbladder. 
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Size 35mm or 1.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Fishes of the genus Akysis are small species (typically not larger than 50mm SL) with tuberculate skin and a cryptic color pattern generally consisting of yellow patches or bands on a brown body. They have a distribution ranging from the Irrawaddy River drainage to the west, the Citarum River drainage to the east and south and the Lancanjiang (upper Mekong) drainage to the north.
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Distribution Asia: Ataran River drainage in Myanmar.
Salween, Ataran (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding Doesn't appear to be a particularly fussy feeder, accepts prepared foods providing they are small enough to be eaten but this small species.
Furniture Rocks or driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in. Some vegetation or leaf litter also ideal.
Compatibility Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 15 (no. 3), pp 194, Figs. 1-3, 5.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 29 07:36 (species record created: 2004 Feb 22 00:00)