Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
5; Vertebrae: 31 - 32. Distinguished from its congeners
in the Akysis
group (except for A. pictus, A. prashadi and A.
varius) in having no serration on the posterior
edge of the pectoral spines. Differs from A. varius
in possessing a gently forked (vs. truncate) caudal
fin, from A. pictus in having a larger eye
(12-16% HL vs. 8-10) and a smaller adipose fin (17.6-21.1%
SL vs. 22.0-23.6) and from A. prashadi in
having a larger eye (12-16% HL vs. 8-12) and a longer
caudal peduncle (19.4-23.3% SL vs. 16.5-18.4). Description:
Dorsal fin with I,4,i, I,5 rays ; Anal fin with iii,4,i,
iii,6, iii,6,i, iv,4,i, iv,5, iv,5,i rays; Pectoral
fin with I,6,i, I,7, I,7,i rays; Pelvic fin with i,5
rays. Habitat: Occurs in clear, fast-flowing
streams with a gravelly bottom.
Aquarium Care: A good addition to an aquarium
with a good water current but beware if handling as
they can inflict a painful sting if handled incorrectly.
Reproduction: Has been bred in the
aquarium with a large water change carried out where
they will lay greenish eggs. The males are slimmer
than the females. Diet: They will
eat bloodworm, chopped earthworms, whiteworm, daphnia,
and sinking pellets (although they seem to prefer
live or frozen food).
Ataran River drainage in Myanmar.
Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat
2004 Akysis vespa, a new species of catfish (Siluriformes:
Akysidae) from the Ataran River drainage (Myanmar).
Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 15(4):193-200. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (04/2009).