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  • Glyptothorax ngapang
  • Glyptothorax ngapang
  • Glyptothorax ngapang
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax ngapang  Vishwanath & Linthoingambi, 2007
Common Name
Type Locality Iril river, Bamonkampu, Manipur, India
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe
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. Named after its local name ‘ngapang’ in Manipuri.
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Size 100mm or 3.9" 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 Glyptothorax species with the following combination of characters: head depth at occiput 61.3-65.6% HL, maximum width 71.2-78.4% HL; its length 22.2-25.0% SL; gape width 31.2-35.1% HL; interorbital space 22.1-27.5% HL; teeth on lower jaw: lateral extent of 32.0-33.0% HL, A-P extent 21.2- 22.0% lateral extent; adhesive apparatus width 58.4-63.0% its length, its length 61.5-68.8% HL; adipose dorsal fin long, its base length 49.1-65.0% interdorsal length; caudal peduncle slender, its height 28.0-34.8% its length; skin tuberculated, tubercles oval with cornified longitudinal ridges; dorsal spine serrated only on distal part, with 2-3 serrae.
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 India: Manipur: Iril and Lokchao rivers (Chindwin basin).
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Iril (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Lokchao (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.
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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 captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zoos' Print Journal v. 22 (no. 3), pp 2619, Pls. 4a, 4b; Figs. 1d, 2.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:45 (species record created: 2010 Nov 04 21:37)