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Scientific Name Glyptothorax heokheei  Singh, Chowdhury, Gurumayum & Kosygin, 2023
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Type Locality India: Arunachal Pradesh: East Siang District: Siku stream near Mebo, a tributary of the Siang River (Brahmaputra River drainage); 28°9’14″N, 95°22’ 47″E.
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 after Heok Hee Ng, our very own "Silurus", and of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore (NUS), honouring his valuable contributions to the taxonomy and systematics of Asian catfishes.
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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 heokheei is presently known only from the type locality, Siku stream near Mebo, a tributary of the Siang River, Brahmaputra drainage, East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
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 5383 (no. 1), pp 76, Figs. 1, 2a.
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Last Update 2024 Apr 03 15:47 (species record created: 2023 Dec 08 03:24)