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Scientific Name Glyptothorax igniculus  Ng & Kullander, 2013
Common Name
Type Locality Myanmar: Sagaing Region, left bank of Myittha River approximately 8 km NE by E of Kalaymyo, 23°13'41''N 94°7'59''E
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - eeg nee coo loos
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 igniculus, meaning a little flame, in allusion to the flame-shaped central depression in the thoracic adhesive apparatus.
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Size 71mm or 2.8" 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).

Glyptothorax igniculus is distinguished from all congeners in the Irrawaddy River drainage by its thoracic adhesive apparatus, in which the central depression is almost completely enclosed posteriorly by the skin ridges that make up the apparatus, instead of open caudally or, in G. burmanicus, completely closed.
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Distribution Known from the Myittha River, a tributary of the Chindwin River in western Myanmar.
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy, Chindwin (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ng, HH & SO Kullander, 2013. Glyptothorax igniculus, a new species of sisorid catfish (Teleostei: Siluriformes) from Myanmar. Zootaxa 3681: 552–562.
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Last Update 2013 Jun 25 19:39 (species record created: 2013 Jun 24 21:30)