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  • Akysis pictus
  • Akysis pictus
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Scientific NameAkysis pictus  Günther, 1883
Common Name
Type LocalityTenasserim, Myanmar.
Pronunciationack EYE siss
EtymologyFrom the Greek a, meaning without and kystis, meaning bladder; in reference to the lack of a swimbladder. 
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Size 45mm or 1.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationFishes 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.

Ng, H. H., 1999. The Akysis of Myanmar: a review (Teleostei: Akysidae):
Posterior edge of pectoral spine without serrations. Body with a single dark yellow patch (actually 2 smaller coalescent patches) covering the dorsum from the origin of the adipose fin to the end of the caudal peduncle. Head length 24.4-24.5% SL; length of adipose fin base 22-23.6% SL; interorbital distance 34-39% HL; eye diameter 8-10% HL; length of nasal barbel 54-57% HL.
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DistributionAsia: Myanmar.
Myanmar Waters, Tenasserim (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusData Deficient
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FurnitureRocks or driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in. Some vegetation or leaf litter also ideal.
CompatibilityIdeal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
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ReferencesAnn. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 5)v. 11 (no. 62) - pp138
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2014 Jun 17 18:57 (species record created: 2005 Apr 25 00:00)