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Scientific Name Kryptopterus dissitus  Ng, 2001
Common Names Indochinese Sheatfish
Long Barbel Sheatfish
Type Locality Downstream from Khone falls, Mekong R. at Ban Hang Khone, Champasak Prov., Laos
Pronunciation Cry top ter russ.
Etymology Kryptopterus: From the Greek kryptos, meaning hidden and pteryx, meaning fin; in reference to the reduced or absent dorsal fin of this group of fishes. 
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Size 176mm or 6.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Dorsal spines : 1; Dorsal soft rays : 3; Anal soft rays: 75 - 79; Vertebrae: 58. Snout length 33.1-34.8% SL; vomerine teeth in 2 distinct elliptical patches; a distinct nuchal concavity; and mandibular barbels reaching beyond anterior base of anal fin. Males with pectoral spine enlarged and broad, somewhat flattened dorsoventrally with 7-9 posterior dentations, increasing in size distally; proximal articulated segments with 6-9 well-developed posterior dentations. Female or juvenile with spine slender and with no dentations; 6 articulated segments present. Mandibular barbels one pair, located slightly anterolateral to gular fold. Branchiostegal rays 9-10.
Sexing Males have enlarged and broad pectoral spines, in females or juveniles the spine is slender.
General Remarks Inhabits mainstreams and tributaries.
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Distribution Asia: Chao Phraya to Lower Mekong basins.
Mekong, Lower Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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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Feeding In the wild feeds on insects and small shrimps.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:20 (species record created: 2009 Apr 10 09:30)