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  • Leiocassis poeciloptera
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Scientific Name Leiocassis poeciloptera  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Bumble Bee Cat
Hummelwels (Germany)
Type Locality Hebak River, Java, Indonesia.
Pronunciation Lee eye oh KAH siss
Etymology Leiocassis: From the Greek leios (smooth) and cassis (helmet); in reference to the covering of skin and muscle on the head of the fish. 
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Size 170mm or 6.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid catfish genus Leiocassis is diagnosed by an elongate narrow head, prominently protruding snout, origin of the adductor mandibulae extending onto the cranial roof, prominent anterior process of the hypurapophysis, hypertrophied posterior process of the cleithrum, third pharyngobranchial bearing flanges on posterior and medial surfaces, and the branch of the supraorbital canal leading to the infraorbitals exiting from the frontal (Mo, 1991). The genus is known only from Sundaic Southeast Asia.

L. poeciloptera is visually indistinguishable from L. micropogon. Identifying them to species requires that you establish whether the supraoccipital process reaches to the anterior nuchal element (L. poeciloptera) or not (L. micropogon). This is impossible in photographs, although typically L. micropogon appears to be more commonly encountered than L. poeciloptera.
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Distribution Asia: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Thailand Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indonesian Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 14, pp 431.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 08 11:27 (species record created: 2005 Dec 10 00:00)