Imported into the U.K. under
the name of Parakysis verrucosus. Akysid
catfishes are known from across a large area of Southeast
Asia. Roberts (1989) described them as small to minute
fishes with cryptic colouration, tiny eyes, and completely
covered with unculiferous plaques or tubercles. In
some genera some of the tublercles on the body are
enlarged and arranged in distinctive longitudinal
rows, the number of which may be diagnostic. Among
akysids, fishes of the genus Akysis are very small,
cryptically coloured species generally found in fast-flowing
streams with a sandy or rocky bottom and, until recently
they have been poorly studied, mainly due to the paucity
of material in museum collections.
Aquarium Care: Akysis are easy to
keep for any decent fishkeeper. You can keep in small
tanks (30cm wide x 20cm high x 30cm deep) with a sand
bottom, small pipes, and caves. They will either bury
themselves in the sand or hide in caves and pipes.
They are not usually active during the day but will
spring to action and eat voraciously and crazily if
food is put in the tank. Diet: They
will eat bloodworm, chopped earthworms, whiteworm,
daphnia, and sinking pellets (although they seem to
prefer live or frozen food).
Batang Hari River basin, eastern Sumatra.
Type locality: Sumatra: Jambi, Sg.
Alai at 19.5 km Muara Bungo-Muara Tebo road.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Ng, H.H. andSiebert D.J.
A new species of the catfish genus Akysis
(Siluriformes: Akysidae) from southern Borneo. Zootaxa
733: 1–8 (2004).