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Scientific Name Glyptothorax chindwinica  Vishwanath & Linthoingambi, 2007
Common Name
Type Locality Iril River, Urup, Manipur state, India,
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - chind win eeca
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 type locality.
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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. chindwinica is distinct in having the following combination of characters: head depth at nape 55.8-56.7 and at eye 42.0-44.9% HL; upper jaw tooth band: A-P extent 67.6-69.0% its lateral extent, its lateral extent 86.0-87.6% lateral extent of lower teeth band; it’s A-P extent 29.1-30.6 and lateral extent 43.0-44.6% HL; lower jaw tooth band: A-P extent 11.6- 13.2 and lateral extent 50.0-51.6% HL; a heart shaped thoracicadhesive apparatus with a shallow pit in the centre, its length 39.2-41.6% HL; caudal fin with a submarginal black bandforming a V-shaped band by extending to the base of middle rays; skin smooth, body with black patches.
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, Thoubal, Ithai and Lokchao rivers (Chindwin basin).
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Iril (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Thoubal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Ithai (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)
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 Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
References 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 2011 Jan 19 14:27 (species record created: 2011 Jan 11 19:14)