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  • Glyptothorax buchanani
  • Glyptothorax buchanani
  • Glyptothorax buchanani
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax buchanani  Smith, 1945
Common Name
Type Locality Metum, small swift affluent of the Mechem, trib. of Meping, n. 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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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: Chao Phraya basin, Thailand.
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (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 Bull. U. S. Natl. Mus. No. 188 402 Fig. 89
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Last Update 2005 Nov 16 00:00 (species record created: 2005 Nov 16 00:00)