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  • Glyptothorax hainanensis
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax hainanensis  (Nichols & Pope, 1927)
Common Name
Type Locality Nodoa, Hainan Island, China.
Synonym(s) Glyptosternon hainanensis, Glyptosternum fokiensis, Glyptothorax fukiensis, Glyptothorax punctatum
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - foe key en siss
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. 
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Size 81mm or 3.2" 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).

Flat head, round snout. Small eyes located in the middle of the head. Maxillary barbel reached to pectoral fin, short nasal barbel reach only to the eye. Nude body without scale, straight lateral line. Yellowish in the pectoral and stomach. Three black spot in the body, one under the dorsal fin, one under the adipose fin, and the other near the base of the caudal fin
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Distribution Asia: China.
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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
Other Parameters Also occurs in brackish water.
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Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History v. 54 (art. 2), pp 333, Fig. 7.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 05 07:25 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)