Teleostei (teleosts) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
Etymology: Lepidocephalichthys: Greek, lepas = limpet + Greek, ichtys = fish (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Blyth.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: India, Myanmar (Ref. 4832), Bangladesh (Ref. 1479), peninsular Thailand, Salween, Chao Phraya, Mekong and Meklong basins (Ref. 43281). In the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and China (Ref. 38333).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43281)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body depth equal from head to caudal base; pectoral rays 7-8 of male fused, forming a cylindrical ray-like structure much thicker than other rays; large black spot on the upper half of caudal base; body yellowish to brown with varying from finely speckled to coarsely spotted but always with a midlateral series of large, irregular blotches (Ref. 43281).
Facultative air-breathing in the genus (Ref. 126274); Inhabits hill streams with moderate current and pebble to stone bottom (Ref. 43281). Found in clear, swift streams and lakes with sandy bottom (Ref. 41236).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kottelat, M., 2001. Fishes of Laos. WHT Publications Ltd., Colombo 5, Sri Lanka. 198 p. (Ref. 43281)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00233 - 0.01079), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).