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  • Glyptothorax interspinalum
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax interspinalum  (Mai, 1978)
Common Name
Type Locality Creeks in northern Vietnam.
Synonym(s) Glyptosternon interspinalum, Glyptothorax merus
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 106mm or 4.2" 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).

Body brown to blackish; pale midlateral stripe present but may not always be distinct; pale stripe along dorsal mid-line (not always distinct). Head and body rugose (rough/wrinkled), covered by relatively large tubercles of very heterogeneous sizes which are usually distinct with the naked eye. Anal usually without black mark restricted to base.
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Distribution Asia: China, Laos, Viet Nam.
Vietnam waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
China Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Laos Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Near Threatened
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Furniture Inhabits fast-flowing water, rapids.
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Identification of the fresh-water fishes of North Viet Nam v. 1, pp 271, Fig. 120.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 24 12:51 (species record created: 2007 Feb 19 20:44)