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  • Glyptothorax platypogon
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Scientific NameGlyptothorax platypogon  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name
Type LocalityJava, Indonesia
PronunciationGleep toe thor axe - plah tee poh gone
EtymologyThe 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 85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSisorid 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.
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DistributionAsia: Indonesia
Indonesian Waters, Citarum (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.6 - 7.6
Temperature18.0-22.0°C or 64.4-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersFast, cool and well oxygenated water is a must.
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FeedingNot a picky feeder once acclimatized. Will eat prepared and frozen foods.
FurnitureA sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
CompatibilityCan be kept alone or in groups.
Suggested TankmatesA 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.
BreedingUnreported in captivity.
Jump to next section Further Information
ReferencesHistoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp152.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2006 January
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Last Update2013 Feb 20 11:13 (species record created: 2005 May 27 00:00)