This genera has a posterier nostril located near anterior
nostril. Barbels are ribbon shaped, with a mandibular
and a mental pair on lower jaw. 6 pelvic fin rays.
There are two species in this genus. L. hexanema
Compared to L. laides, this species differs
in having a shorter anal fin base (34.8-37.9 SL versus
38.6-41.5% SL) with less anal fin rays (39-42 versus
41-47), a larger eye (eye diameter 28.6-38.5 HL versus
20.1-23.6% HL) and a smaller interorbital distance
( 37.9-47.3 HL versus 47.0-55.6%). Found in large
rivers and feeds on small fishes. Oviparous, eggs
are unguarded. Remarks:Laides
hexanema is still listed in Fishbase as
being in the Schilbeidae family but it is updated
in The Catalog of Fishes as the current status of
being in the Ailiidae family.
Thailand to Indonesia, in large rivers, including
the Mekong. Type locality: Palembang,
R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (07/2010). Rainboth, W.J. 1996 Fishes of the
Cambodian Mekong. FAO Species Identification Field
Guide for Fishery Purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p. Roberts, T.R., 1989. The freshwater
fishes of Western Borneo (Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia).
Mem. Calif. Acad. Sci. 14:210 p.