Cat-eLog Right Sisoridae Right Sisorinae Right Glyptothorax

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Scientific Name Glyptothorax manipurensis  Menon, 1955
Common Name
Type Locality Barak River at Karong, Naga Hills, Manipur State, Assam, India.
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - mani pooor ensis
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. This species is named after the state of its type locality (Manipur).
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Size 64mm or 2.5" 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).

A species of Glyptothorax with the following combination of characters: head pointed and large, its depth at occiput 66.0-72.3% its length, maximum width 79.0-84.3% HL; interorbital space 28.0-33.1% HL; A-P extent of lower jaw tooth band 20.0-20.4% its lateral extent; occipital process length three times its width; adhesive apparatus with a caudally open central depression , the apparatus width 73.7- 78.9% its length; no ridges or bumps in front of adipose fin;dorsal spine serrated with five antrose serrae; pectoral spine with 9-11 serrae; pelvic fin extending up to anus; anal fin short, extending upto vertically through posterior extremity of adipose fin; caudal fin lobes equal; caudal peduncle height 45.4-48.0% its length; a white longitudinal line overlapping lateral line; black spot at dorsal, adipose and caudal fin bases present; smooth skin.
Sexing Unknown.
General Remarks It is very likely that this species has not been exported for the trade as yet but general care will be very similar to that of other Glyptothorax species.
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Distribution Asia: India. May extend into western Myanmar
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges, Meghna, Surma, Barak (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2010.
Other Parameters The water should be cool and heavily oxygenated with a good flow as these fish occur in hill streams. Anything above 25 C will hamper long term survival as these fish tend to burn away at higher temperatures.
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Feeding Is known to take only live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Furniture Fine sand for the bottom and smooth pebbles / rocks.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.
Suggested Tankmates Cyprinids like Barilius and Danio's and Balitorine loaches like Homaloptera species.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 52 (pt 1), pp 23, Fig.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 13:28 (species record created: 2010 Nov 04 21:35)