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Scientific Name Glyptothorax fuscus  Fowler, 1934
Common Name
Type Locality Chantaboon [Chantabun], se. Thailand.
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - foo skuss
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 fuscus, meaning brown, in reference to the color.
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Size 60mm or 2.4" 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).

A stout-bodied species with a relatively slender caudal peduncle and a fairly uniformly-colored, rusty brown body with a few scattered darker spots. A distinct, thin pale midlateral band is often present.
Sexing Males have a longer genital papilla.
General Remarks This is the common lowland species found throughout the Malay Peninsula, and is probably the only species of Glyptothorax inhabiting small, forested streams.
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Distribution Malay Peninsula, SE Thailand, SW Cambodia. Also occurs in Borneo, although the Bornean populations may belong a distinct species.
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
pH 6.0 - 7.2
Temperature 21.0-26.0°C or 69.8-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Strong current preferred. Good oxygenation necessary.
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Feeding Will feed on live/frozen food, but does not appear to take prepared foods.
Furniture A bottom of coarse sand/fine gravel and enough hiding spaces to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in. This can either be in the form of driftwood and/or leaf litter.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a fast water tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with strong current.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila.v. 86 - pp89 - Figs. 31-33
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Last Update 2005 Nov 19 00:00 (species record created: 2004 Mar 27 00:00)