New hillstream catfish described from Aceh


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Scientists from Singapore and Indonesia have described a new species of hillstream catfish from the Alas River drainage in Aceh province in northern Sumatra.

The description of the new sisorid species, named Glyptothorax plectilis by Heok Hee Ng and Renny Hadiaty, is published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

Glyptothorax plectilis is distinguished from congeners in the pattern of skin folds on the thoracic adhesive apparatus, the shape of the apparatus, and proportional measurements of the head and body.

The species ...has been collected from streams with flowing, clear water and a substrate of sand, gravel and large rocks and eats mainly aquatic insect larvae.

For more information, see the paper: Ng, HH and RK Hadiaty (2008) Glyptothorax plectilis, a new species of hillstream catfish from northern Sumatra (Teleostei: Sisoridae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 157, pp. 137"147.