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Scientific Name Glyptothorax scrobiculus  Ng & Lalramliana, 2012
Common Name
Type Locality India:Mizoram: Tuivai River drainage, Mausam River in the vicinity of NE Khawdungsei village.
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. The specific name comes from the Latin noun scrobiculus, meaning a little ditch, in reference to the diagnostic presence of a furrow running along the entire length of the ventral surface of the pectoral spine. A noun in apposition.
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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).

Glyptothorax scrobiculus differs from all congeners in having a furrow running along the entire length of the ventral surface of the pectoral spine. The furrow is thought to arise from the posterior expansion of the adhesive surface of the pectoral spine.
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Distribution Known from the Mausam and Sur Luite rivers, both tributaries of the Tuivai River, and the Tuirial River drainage in Mizoram, northeastern India.Both the Tuivai and Tuirial rivers are part of the Barak River drainage, which is itself part of the Surma-Meghna River system.
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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pH 8.2 - 8.4
Temperature 19.0-24.0°C or 66.2-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
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Furniture Glyptothorax scrobiculus was collected from clear, shallow, moderately fast flowing streams with pH ranging from 8.2 to 8.4 and temperature ranging from 19 to 24 °C respectively. The streambed consisted of rocks and gravels.
Suggested Tankmates Other species collected along with G.scrobiculus include Garra spp. , Balitora cf. brucei, Botia cf. almorhae, Lepidocephalichthys sp. , Schistura spp., Amblyceps laticeps and Channa sp.
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 23 (no. 1), pp2, Figs. 1-3, 5 "Glyptothorax scrobiculus, a new species of sisorid catfish(Osteichthyes: Siluriformes) from northeastern India: Heok Hee Ng and Lalramliana"
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Last Update 2013 Feb 20 11:14 (species record created: 2012 Jul 13 11:17)