ts the month of November 2015 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
trilineatus is a pretty looking species being
one of the largest in this genera and occurs in the
basin-wide tributary of the lower Mekong. The
Glyptothorax genus 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).
- showing the Thorax (Breastplate)
Sittang and Salween drainages, India, Myanmar and
China. Type locality: Tenasserim
[Sittang drainage], Myanmar, [Burma].
Dorsal spines (total): 1 -
1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6 - 6; Anal soft rays:
13. The eyes are small and dorsally placed. The lips
are thick, fleshy, and often papillate. The maxillary
barbels have a well-developed membrane and a soft
base. The gill openings are wide. The paired fins
are plaited and modified to form an adhesive apparatus
in some species of Glyptothorax.
A white mid-dorsal stripe extending
from occiput to base of caudal fin, a narrow whitish
axial line on sides from shoulder to base of caudal
Care & Compatibility
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
No reports of
sexual differences. Although it is believed that the
females are more rotund ventrically than the males
when viewed from above.
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.
median, unpaired, ventrally located fin that lies
behind the anus, usually on the posterior half of
the fish. Caudal
fin: The tail. Caudal
peduncle: The area between the dorsal fin
and the tail.
Dorsal fin:The primary
rayed fin(s) on top of the body.
to the upper jaw. (maxillary barbels). Occipital:
A median bone on the
upper surface of the back of the head; pertaining
to the occiput. Thoracic:
Pertaining to the chest
With a carved breast-plate. trilineatus:three lined.
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A.G. Jhingran, 1991. Inland fishes of India
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Thomson, A.W. &
Page, L.M. (2006). "Genera of the Asian
Catfish Families Sisoridae and Erethistidae (Teleostei:
Siluriformes)" Zootaxa, 1345: 1–96.