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  • Glyptothorax platypogon
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax platypogon  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name
Type Locality Java, Indonesia
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - plah tee poh gone
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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Article - CotM 2006 January
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Size 85mm or 3.3" 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).

Colouration is not a good character for identificication among Glyptothorax, the shape of the adhesive apparatus and locality information are more useful.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution Asia: Indonesia
Indonesian Waters, Citarum (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.6 - 7.6
Temperature 18.0-22.0°C or 64.4-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Fast, cool and well oxygenated water is a must.
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Feeding Not a picky feeder once acclimatized. Will eat prepared and frozen foods.
Furniture A sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
Compatibility Can be kept alone or in groups.
Suggested Tankmates A peaceful species suitable for the hillstream biotope tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with strong current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp152.
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Last Update 2013 Feb 20 11:13 (species record created: 2005 May 27 00:00)