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Scientific Name Glyptothorax striatus  (McClelland, 1842)
Common Name
Type Locality Kasyah [Kashya, Khasi] Hills, Meghalaya, India.
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - stree ah toos
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. Glyptothorax radiolus, a new species of sisorid catfish (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes) from northeastern India, with a redescription of G. striatus McClelland 1842 ; Ng and LRL.
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Size 215mm or 8.5" 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 striatus can be differentiated from the similar looking G.radiolus by the presence (vs absence) of a pale mid lateral stripe and a deeper body.
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Distribution This species is known from both the Brahmaputra River drainage and the Surma-Meghna River system in India (and possibly in Bangladesh).
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges, Meghna (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges, Meghna, Surma (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Near Threatened
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Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Calcutta Journal of Natural History v. 2 (no. 8), pp 587, Pl. 6 (figs. 1-2)
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Last Update 2013 Nov 22 12:10 (species record created: 2013 Jul 02 06:03)