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Amblyceps laticeps (McClelland, 1842)

Image contributors to this species:

Beta Mahatvaraj (1) Nilanjan Mukherjee (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

Vertebrae: 41 - 43. Differs from all Indochinese species of Amblyceps in having a narrow head (9.5-11.1% SL versus 13.1-21.2) with a strongly projecting lower jaw (versus non- or weakly-projecting, except in A. platycephalus), and a very slender, elongate body (body depth at anus 7.6-11.1% SL versus 11.2-16.9 except in A. caecutiens) with 41-43 (versus 34-41) vertebrae. Colouration is of an olive brown body with lighter below. It is found in river beds with huge boulder outcrops at the base of hills. The specimen shown was collected by the image contributor at Rydak I near Shipra, Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal.

Common Name:



Olyra laticeps 




India: Assam, Khasi hills. Type locality: Kasyah mountains, India.


4.5cm (1¾ins)


18-22°C (63-71°F)




Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat 2000 A review of the genus Amblyceps (Osteichthyes: Amblycipitidae) in Indochina, with descriptions of five new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 11(4):335-348.
Jayaram. K.C. 2006, Catfishes of India. Narendera Publishing House. 383p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (04/2010).



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