Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Amblycipitidae
Etymology: Amblyceps: Greek, amblys = soft, darkness + Latin, ceps = head (Ref. 45335); serratum: The specific name is an adjective, derived from the serrated pectoral spine..
More on authors: Ng & Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Mekong River drainage in Cambodia and Laos.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37785)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11;
Vertebrae: 34 - 36. Presence of 4-5 serrations along posterior edge of pectoral spine; iii-iv,7-8 anal-fin rays (total 10-11), and a more deeply forked caudal fin with regularly tapering lobes. Differs further from other Indochinese congeners in possessing fewer vertebrae (34-36 vs. 38-41); a deeper body (depth at anus 15.2-16.9% SL vs. 9.8-15.1) and equal upper and lower jaws (vs. longer and weakly-projecting lower jaw) (Ref. 37785).
Collected from a side arm of the main river in Xe Bangfai, among a gravel bed in the floodplain, in shallow water (less than 30 cm) and in Xe Pon, among stones and boulders in rapids (Ref. 37785).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 2000. A review of the genus Amblyceps (Osteichthyes: Amblycipitidae) in Indochina, with descriptions of five new species. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 11(4):335-348. (Ref. 37785)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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