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Scientific Name Glyptothorax cous  (Linnaeus, 1766)
Common Name Syrian Catfish
Type Locality Quweiq River, at Aleppo, Syria.
Synonym(s) Silurus cous
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. 
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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).
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Distribution Asia: endemic to the Tigris-Euphrates basin.
Euphrates, Tigris (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Euphrates (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Systema naturae sive regna tria naturae v. 1 (pt 1), pp 504.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 07 10:41 (species record created: 2007 Sep 15 16:35)