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Scientific Name Glyptothorax lampris  Fowler, 1934
Common Name
Type Locality Chieng Mai, n. Thailand.
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe - lam prees
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. From the Greek lampros, meaning brilliant, in reference to the color pattern.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" 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).

Greyish brown body with 3 dark brown saddles (under dorsal, adipose and at the caudal base), connected by a dark mid-lateral stripe, leaving pale oval patches. Caudal peduncle slender, depth about 3 times in its length; body and head covered by rough tubercles of very heterogenous size.
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Distribution Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in mainland Southeast Asia and southeastern Thailand.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Strong current preferred.
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Feeding Will feed on live/frozen food, but does not appear to take prepared foods.
Furniture A sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for the hillstream biotope tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with strong current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila.v. 86 - pp91 - Figs. 34-36
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Last Update 2010 Feb 03 09:28 (species record created: 2003 May 30 00:00)