ts the penultimate month of 2017 and we head to Asia for an interesting
group of fishes that have captivated many
catfish lovers over the years due
to their unusual mode of stability in the mountain streams
where they are adapted to live by using
the adhesive apparatus on the underside to attach themselves to
rocks, and prevent them being washed away.
Glyptothorax is distinguished
from all other sisorid genera by having an adhesive apparatus
on the thorax with with grooves parallel or oblique to the
longitudinal axis of the body (vs. thoracic adhesive grooves
transverse to the longitudinal axis of the body in Pseudecheneis,
and thoracic adhesive apparatus absent in all other genera).
corrugated thoracic disk
lampris is found over course substrates in medium-sized
upland rivers of the Mekong and Chao Phrya basins and like other
members of this genus, its diet consists of aquatic insect larvae.
Caudal peduncle slender, depth about 3
times in its length; body and head covered by rough tubercles
of very heterogeneous sizes.
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.
This is a cool water
species of which most of this genera are. A good water flow
is also important with high oxygen levels.
Other Asian tank mates such as Rasboras,
danios, devario's and Puntius species.
No reports of sexual
differences. Although it is believed that the females are
more rotund ventrically than the males when viewed from
Live foods such as white worms, small earthworms
and aquatic insect larvae like bloodworms and similar chironomids,
should make up the majority of their weekly diet. They will also
accept frozen foods such as bloodworm
The narrow part of a fish's body to which the caudal or
tail fin is attached.
Tubercles: Tentacle-like projections.
fin: The paired
fins just behind the head.
Adipose: Fleshy finlike projection without rays,
behind the rayed dorsal fin.
Dorsal: The primary rayed fin(s) on top
of the body
With a carved breast-plate.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2008.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (01/2009).
Alfred W. Thomson & Lawrence M. Page; 30
October 2006. Genera of the Asian Catfish Families Sisoridae and
Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) (Zootaxa 1345)
Rainboth, W.J., 1996.
Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO species identification field
guide for fishery purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p.
2001. Fishes of Laos. WHT Publications Ltd., Colombo 5, Sri Lanka.
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