Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > 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 author: 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. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
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=0.00575 (0.00258 - 0.01285), b=3.05 (2.85 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .