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Scientific Name Glyptothorax maceriatus  Ng & Lalramliana, 2012
Common Name
Type Locality India: Mizoram, Tlawng River at Sairang.
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 adjective maceriatus (masculine), meaning enclosed or walled in, in allusion to the narrowly elliptic central depression in the thoracic adhesive apparatus being almost completely enclosed by skin ridges.
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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).
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Distribution Known from the Mausam, Sur Luite (both tributaries of the Tuivai River), Tlawng and Tuirial rivers in Mizoram, northeastern India. The Tlawng, Tuirial and Tuivai rivers form 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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Furniture Glyptothorax maceriatus was collected from clear, shallow, moderately flowing streams with a predominantly sandy bottom.
Suggested Tankmates Other fishes collected along with Glyptothorax maceriatus include Garra spp.,Balitora cf. brucei,Botia cf. almorhae, Lepidocephalichthys sp., Schistura spp., Amblyceps laticeps, Glyptothorax botius, G. telchitta , and Channa sp. .
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Zootaxa No. 3416, pp45, Figs. 1-2.(Glyptothorax maceriatus, a new species of sisorid catfish (Actinopterygii: Siluriformes) from north-eastern India,Heok Hee Ng and Lalramliana).
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Last Update 2013 Feb 20 11:11 (species record created: 2012 Aug 09 05:28)