Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Sisoridae
(Sisorid catfishes) > Glyptosterninae
Etymology: Glyptothorax: Greek, glyptes = carver + Greek, thorax = breast (Ref. 45335); plectilis: Name from Latin 'plectilis' meaning plaited or complicated, referring to the complex pattern of striae on the adhesive apparatus.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Alas River drainage in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79574)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species can be distinguished from Sundaland congeners except G. major and G. schmidti in possessing a double, diverging series (vs. A single, non-diverging series) of striae running along the edges of the central depression in the thoracic adhesive apparatus; differs from G. major in having a shorter head, 25.3-28.5% SL (vs. 27.8-33.0) and with the anterolateral edges of the thoracic adhesive apparatus gently convex (vs. markedly concave). Of the two other congeners from mainland Sumatra (G. platypogonides and G. schmidti), this species further differs from G. platypogonides in having a deeper body 15.3-18.6% SL (vs. 12.9-14.9) and caudal peduncle 8.4-10.6% SL (vs. 6.4-6.9); from G. schmidti in having a longer snout 47.9-53.8% HL (vs. 41.8-48.3), the thoracic adhesive apparatus with gently convex (vs. almost straight lateral edges. This species differs from Glyptothorax callopterus (recorded from Bangka) in having a deeper caudal peduncle 8.4-10.6% SL (vs. 6.5-8.7) and a more gently sloping predorsal profile (vs. 3A) (Ref. 78577).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H. and R.K. Hadiaty, 2008. Glyptothorax plectilis, a new species of hillstream catfish from northern Sumatra (Teleostei: Sisoridae). Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. 157(1):137-147. (Ref. 78577)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00323 - 0.01701), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .