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Scientific Name Glyptothorax sinensis  (Regan, 1908)
Common Name
Type Locality Tunting [Tungting], China.
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. 
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Size 126mm or 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).
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Distribution Asia: India, Myanmar and China.
IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2007.
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Furniture In nature, found in mountain rapids.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 8) v. 1 (no. 1) (art. 15), pp 110, Pl. 4 (fig. 3).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 04:32 (species record created: 2015 Nov 22 16:21)