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Scientific Name Glyptothorax porrectus  Ng & Kottelat, 2017
Common Name
Type Locality Bolaven Plateau, Xe Nam Noy at bridge downstream of Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy dam site, Pakxong District, Champasak Province, Laos, 15°03'34"N, 106°36'08"E, elevation 708 meters.
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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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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Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Zootaxa 4238 (no. 3), pp 410, Figs. 2b, 4.
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Last Update 2017 Jul 10 23:57 (species record created: 2017 Mar 12 18:14)