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|Scientific Name||Glyptothorax ventrolineatus Vishwanath & Linthoingambi, 2005|
|Type Locality||Iril river, Manipur, India.|
|Pronunciation||Gleep toe thor axe - venn tro leenia tuss|
|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.|
|Size||95mm or 3.7" 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).
G. ventrolineatus is distinguished in having the following combination of characters: supra-occipital process not in contact with first dorsal fin pterygiophore; its width 38.3-44.7% its length; nasal barbel length twice of internasal distance; lateral extent of lower jaw teeth band greater than that of upper jaw; thoracic adhesive apparatus longer than broad, open caudally, without a central pit; dorsal fin spine finely serrated at tip on lateral side; adipose dorsal fin base length equals rayed dorsal fin base length; caudal fin longer than head length; skin on head, body and adipose dorsal fin granulated; body dark brown or greyish, abdomen and underside of head creamish; dorsal fin base dark brown, a hazy black band in the middle of fin, white margin; three creamish longitudinal light bands: one each along mid-dorsal line, lateral lines and mid-ventral line of the body.
|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.|
|Distribution||Chindwin-Irrawaddy River basin.
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|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.|
|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 captivity.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society v. 102 (pt 2) , pp201, Fig. 1.
Fishes Of The Genus Glyptothorax Blyth (Teleostei : Sisoridae) From Manipur,India, With Description Of Three New Species - W. Vishwanath and I. Linthoingambi.
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|Last Update||2013 Feb 20 11:14 (species record created: 2010 Nov 04 21:36)|