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  • Glyptothorax macromaculatus
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Scientific Name Glyptothorax macromaculatus  Li, 1984
Common Name
Type Locality Yangbi Xian, Yunnan, 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 147mm or 5.8" 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).

Distinguishable by its two dark saddles on the body (at dorsal fin origin and under the adipose fin), becoming indistinct in specimens >10 cm SL. The rest of the body is usually covered by irregular spots and blotches. The neural spines are distally pointed and there is an absence of a ridge or series of bumps along the dorsal mid-line between the dorsal and adipose fins.
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Distribution Asia: Mekong basin in Yunnan and in Laos.
Mekong, Upper Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Furniture Found in fast flowing streams and headwaters.
Breeding Unreported in captivity.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References J. Yunnan Univ. 1984 (no. 2) 82 [English p. 88] Fig. 7
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Last Update 2011 Jan 21 02:55 (species record created: 2007 Feb 19 12:47)