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Scientific Name Amblyceps motumensis  Abujam, Tamang, Nimasow & Das, 2022
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Type Locality Motum River, tributary of Siang River, upper Brahmaputra River basin at Motum village Pasighat, East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India, 28°45'1.75"N, 95°25'9.39"E, elevation 142 meters.
Pronunciation AHM bli seps - mo tum ensis.
Etymology From the Greek amblys, meaning blunt and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the blunt snout. The species is named after the Motum River, its type locality.
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Identification The catfish genus Amblyceps is characteristic in having the epiphyseal commissure of the supraorbital sensory canals immediately anterior to, and not passing through the epiphyseal bar; the anterior cranial fontanelle narrowing abruptly along its posterior end offering epiphyseal commisure bony support from frontal; the fifth ceratobranchial expanding medially at its posterior tip; pinnatelike rays along anterior margin of the procurrent and medial caudal-fin rays; a transverse crest along entire posterior margin of roof of supraoccipital and pterotic; the lateroposterior process of horizontal lamina of urohyal short or vestigial,shorter than the horizontal lamina; the upper hypurals fused with compound centrum; the anterior nostril situated immediately anterior to the base of the nasal barbel; and both lips with double folds. It is also characteristic in having a prominent cup-like skin flap above the base of the pectoral spine.
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Distribution The new species is currently known only from the Motum River (a tributary of Siang River; upper Brahmaputra basin) near Motum village in East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
Furniture The type series was collected in shallow (depth ca 10-30 cm), clear, moderate to swift-flowing water by cast net. The fish were obtained from the microhabitat comprising mostly of small to medium-sized stones, pebbles, and cobbles. Riparian vegetation comprises grasses, shrubs, small to medium-sized trees along the banks, and larger trees uphill.
Suggested Tankmates Other associated fish collected belongs to genus Devario,Danio, Opsarius, Garra, Rasbora, Aborichthys, Schistura, Olyra and Batasio.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology v. 27 (no. 4) [Dec. 2021], pp 138, Figs. 1, 3-4.
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Last Update 2022 May 21 01:57 (species record created: 2022 Feb 04 08:10)