Cat-eLog Right Arrow Amblycipitidae Right Arrow Amblyceps

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Scientific NameAmblyceps improcerum  Ng & Kottelat, 2018
Common Name
Type LocalityUnnamed creek entering Nam Mun Chaung (stream) from west about 5.5 km upstream of Nam Mun, Kachin State, Myanmar, 24°57'31"N, 96°20'01"E, elevation 254 meters.
PronunciationAHM bli seps
EtymologyFrom the Greek amblys, meaning blunt and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the blunt snout. 
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IdentificationThe catfish genus Amblyceps is characteristic in having the epiphyseal commissure of the supraorbital sensory canals immediately anterior to, and not passing through the epiphyseal bar; the anterior cranial fontanelle narrowing abruptly along its posterior end offering epiphyseal commisure bony support from frontal; the fifth ceratobranchial expanding medially at its posterior tip; pinnatelike rays along anterior margin of the procurrent and medial caudal-fin rays; a transverse crest along entire posterior margin of roof of supraoccipital and pterotic; the lateroposterior process of horizontal lamina of urohyal short or vestigial,shorter than the horizontal lamina; the upper hypurals fused with compound centrum; the anterior nostril situated immediately anterior to the base of the nasal barbel; and both lips with double folds. It is also characteristic in having a prominent cup-like skin flap above the base of the pectoral spine.
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FeedingReadily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
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ReferencesEnvironmental Biology of Fishes v. 101 (no. 3), pp [2], Figs. 1, 2a-b, 3.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Apr 11 09:16 (species record created: 2018 Jan 07 15:43)