Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Akysidae
(Stream catfishes) > Akysinae
Etymology: inermis: The specific name is derived from the Latin inermis (unarmed), referring to the lack of serrations on the pectoral spine. More on authors: Ng & Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Xe Banghiang and Xe Kong drainages of the Mekong River drainages in southern Laos.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37037)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 11;
Vertebrae: 31 - 35. Can be differentiated from its congeners in the following characters: lacking distinct serrae on posterior edge of pectoral spine; adipose fin with moderately long base, its length 13.4-16.7 %SL; eye diameter 7-10 %HL; length of nasal barbel 38-57 %HL; tip of snout noticeably in front of apex of lower jaw; large anterior and posterior nostrils present, closely situated together and separated only by base of nasal barbel; caudal fin with 7+7-8 rays; branchiostegal rays 6-7; a light yellow snout with a sharp contrasted edge; color pattern consisting of dorsal and ventral light yellow patches on the body that sometimes coalesce at mid-height of the flank (Ref. 37037).
Akysis inermis has been found in various habitats from swift creek to riffles in streams and rapids in large rivers. All habitats had in common a stony (gravel to boulder) substrate and relatively swift current. In most of them the water was clear in the dry season (Ref. 37037).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. (Ref. 58032)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .