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Akysis longifilis  Ng, 2006

Image contributors to this species:

Adrian Taylor (5) Daniel Blom (2) Steven Grant (1) Heok Hee Ng (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory
 

Relevant Information:

Vertebrae: 33 - 35. Akysis longifilis is a member of the A. variegatus species group and can be distinguished from congeners in the group (except for A. brachybarbatus, A. fuliginatus, A. pictus, A. prashadi, A. variegatus, A. varius and A. vespa) in having a smooth (vs. serrated) posterior edge of the pectoral spine. It differs from A. brachybarbatus in having a narrower head (21.1-24.7% SL vs. 25.5-28.0) and a more slender caudal peduncle (5.6-7.2% SL vs. 7.9-8.1), and from A. fuliginatus in having a longer adipose-fin base (25.7-31.1% SL vs. 15.1-19.5), more slender body (9.7-13.6% SL vs. 14.1-16.6) and caudal peduncle (5.6-7.2% SL vs. 10.1-10.5), longer nasal and maxillary barbels (nasal barbel length 67.4-96.4% HL vs. 52.1-58.2; maxillary barbel length 123.2-159.6% HL vs.100.0-109.1), presence of light saddle-shaped spots on the body (vs. uniformly dark body), and a forked (vs. truncate) caudal fin. Akysis longifilis can be distinguished from A. pictus in having a more slender caudal peduncle (5.6-7.2% SL vs. 7.7-8.5), longer adipose-fin base (25.7-31.1% SL vs. 22.0-23.6), and longer nasal and maxillary barbels (nasal barbel length 67.4-96.4% HL vs. 54.3-56.7; maxillary barbel length 123.2-159.6% HL vs. 95.7-128.8), and from A. prashadi in having a longer caudal peduncle (18.3-23.2% SL vs. 16.5-18.4). It differs from A. variegatus in having longer nasal and maxillary barbels (nasal barbel length 67.4-96.4% HL vs. 33.3-62.3; maxillary barbel length 123.2-159.6% HL vs. 78.3-114.8), from A. varius in having a forked (vs. truncate) caudal fin, and from A. vespa in having a longer adipose-fin base (25.7-31.1% SL vs. 17.6-21.1), more slender caudal peduncle (5.6-7.2% SL vs. 7.6-8.5), longer nasal and maxillary barbels (nasal barbel length 67.4-96.4% HL vs. 54.5-72.5; maxillary barbel length 123.2-159.6% HL vs. 89.0-98.2), and more vertebrae (33-35 vs. 31-32). 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).

Common Name:

None

Synonyms:

None

Family:

Akysidaemblycipitidae

Distribution:

Asia: Sittang River drainage, southern Myanmar (Burma)

Size:

5.5cm (2¼ins)

Temp:

18-23°C (63-73°F)

p.H.

6.7-7.2.

Reference:

Ng, H. H., 2006 Akysis longifilis, a new species of catfish (Teleostei: Akysidae) from Myanmar. Zootaxa 1150: 19–30.
Scotcat Factsheet No. 138. Dec. 2007.

 

 

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