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Scientific Name Glyptothorax siamensis  Hora, 1921
Common Name
Type Locality Nakon Sritamarat Hills, Thailand.
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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Size 93mm or 3.7" 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).

Differs from Glyptothorax platypogonides by having a fairly uniform color pattern with distinct pale mid-dorsal and midlateral stripes vs. highly mottled coloration without distinct pale stripes. Distinguished also from G. dorsalis by having dark spots randomly distributed on the head and body and absence of pale colored nuchal shield vs. darker spots on the head and body and presence of a pale colored nuchal shield.
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Distribution Southeastern Thailand, Chantaburi Province
Thailand Waters, Southern Thailand Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam v. 6 (no. 2) 168 Pl. 12 (figs. 1-3)
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Last Update 2012 Jan 04 09:03 (species record created: 2005 Nov 16 00:00)