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Glyptothorax pallozonus (Lin, 1934)

Image contributors to this species:

Zhou Hang (1) Drake Shaw (4) Cheilinus Aquarium Photography (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

Similar to Glyptothorax laosensis. Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Head and front of the body horizontally flat, gradually turns to vertically flat. Small eyes, covered with membrane. Nude body without scale, with a straight lateral line. Three white lines in the body, one starts from dorsal fin to caudal fin, the other two overlapped with the lateral line. Brownish adiposium, dark in the base part and light in the edge. 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). Remarks: the 2-5 thumbnail specimens by the image contributor were captured in the Pearl River or Zhu Jiang (Chinese).

Common Name:



Glyptosternum pallozonum




Asia: Dong drainage, China. Type locality: Loh-Fau Shan, Kwangtung, (Dong drainage), China.


6cm. (2½ins)


18-22°c (63-71°f.)




Zheng, C.-Y., 1991. Sisoridae. p.319-322. In J.-H. Pan, L. Zhong, C.-Y. Zheng, H.-L. Wu and J.-H. Liu (eds). 1991. The freshwater fishes of Guangdong Province. Guangdong Science and Technology Press, Guangzhou. 589 pp.
Alfred W. Thomson & Lawrence M. Page; 30 October 2006. Genera of the Asian Catfish Families Sisoridae and Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) (Zootaxa 1345)



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