Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Siluridae
Etymology: Kryptopterus: Greek, kryptos = hidden + Greek, pteron = wing. Fin (Ref. 45335); piperatus: Named from the Latin adjective 'piperatus', meaning peppered, in reference to the scattered black spots on the flanks.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Asia: Lembang River, Alas River drainage in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52489)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 49 - 53;
Vertebrae: 44 - 45. Distinguished from all other species of Kryptopterus by the following unique combination of characters: body with pale brown coloration with scattered black spots on flanks; head width 11.4-12.0% SL; body depth at anus 22.3-24.3% SL; eye diameter 20.3-25.3% HL; maxillary barbels extending to anal origin; anal fin with 49-53 rays; and gill rakers 16-17 (Ref. 52489).
The type locality is a small river under primary forest cover and with a moderate current, turbid water and with many fallen trees and a muddy substrate. Also found in areas with clear water and substrate consisting of sand and gravel (Ref. 52489).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H., S. Wirjoatmodjo and R.K. Hadiaty, 2004. Kryptopterus piperatus, a new species of silurid catfish (Teleostei: Siluridae) from northern Sumatra. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 15(1):91-95. (Ref. 52489)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.00490 (0.00237 - 0.01013), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .