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Scientific Name Glyptothorax vatandousti  Jouladeh-Roudbar, Ghanavi & Freyhof, 2023
Common Name
Type Locality Kangavar stream at Kangavar Kohne, Kermanshah Province, Iran, 34.34849, 47.98972.
Type Locality Notes The Kangavar stream where this species was found in abundance, has a relatively narrow width of around 1.5 meters, clear water with a rubble bed, and moderately fast current.
Pronunciation Gleep toe thor axe
Etymology The generic name comes from the Greek glyptos, meaning carved, and thorax, meaning breastplate (or the part of the body covered by it), in reference to the folds of skin comprising the thoracic adhesive apparatus. The species is named for Saber Vatandoust (Qaemshahr), for his contributions to the taxonomy of fishes in Iran. Saber Vatandoust was also the ichthyology professor of the first author, AJR, at the Azad Islamic University of Babol. A noun in genitive, indeclinable.
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Identification Sisorid catfishes of the genus Glyptothorax Blyth are benthic inhabitants of torrential waters of rivers and streams in montane and submontane parts of tropical Asia. The members of the genus are adapted to attach themselves to rocks and boulders against strong currents by means of a thoracic adhesive apparatus comprising grooves and folded pleats of skin parallel or oblique to the longitudinal axis of the body. The genus has a wide distribution, ranging from Turkey and Syria in the west, to India and China in the east, and extending further southeastward to Indonesia. With 84 nominal species, Glyptothorax are the most speciose genus of catfishes in Asia (Eschmeyer et al., 1998, Ng, 2005); 67 species were treated as valid by Thomson & Page (2006).
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Distribution Glyptothorax vatandousti is found in the lower reaches of the Kangavar stream, particularly at its confluence with the Gamasiab River. These rivers are parts of the Karkheh drainage, a major tributary of the Tigris.
Euphrates, Tigris, Karkheh (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa 5315 (no. 1), pp 44, Figs. 3-9.
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Last Update 2023 Oct 22 02:13 (species record created: 2023 Jul 06 07:11)