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  • Glyptothorax burmanicus
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax burmanicus  Prashad & Mukerji, 1929
Common Name
Type Locality Sankha, a large hill-stream, midway between Kamaing and Mogaung, Myitkyina dist., Upper Myanmar.
Synonym(s) Glyptothorax chindwinicus
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - burr man ick uss
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 165mm or 6.5" 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).
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Distribution Asia: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar.
Irrawaddy and Salween drainages.
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Salween (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Furniture Inhabits sandy or rocky bottoms of springs.
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Rec. Indian Mus. (Calcutta) v. 31 (pt 3); Pl 7, fig 3, fig 5.
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Last Update 2013 Jun 25 07:11 (species record created: 2006 Oct 08 03:44)