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Kryptopterus vitreolus  Ng & Kottelat, 2013

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Siluridae (Sheatfishes)
Etymology: Kryptopterus: Greek, kryptos = hidden + Greek, pteron = wing. Fin (Ref. 45335);  vitreolus: Derived from the diminutive form of the Latin adjective vitreus, meaning of glass, in allusion to the transparent appearance of this species in life (which gives this species its common name of glass catfish).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical; 13°N - 6°N (Ref. 93176)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93176)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 32; Anal soft rays: 48 - 55; Vertebrae: 44 - 47. This species differs from all species of Kryptopterus, except K. minor and K. piperatus, in having a transparent (vs. translucent or opaque) body in life, and from members of the K. cryptopterus, K. limpok, and K. schilbeides groups in having 48-55 anal-fin rays (vs. 64-85). It is diagnosed from members of the K. bicirrhis species group (K. bicirrhis, K. lais, K. macrocephalus, K. minor, K. palembangensis and K. piperatus) in having the following combination of characters: snout length 29-35% HL, eye diameter 28-34% HL, body depth at anus 16-20% SL, depth of caudal peduncle 4-7% SL, maxillary barbels reaching beyond base of first anal-fin ray, dorsal profile with pronounced nuchal concavity, 14-18 rakers on first gill arch, and 48-55 anal-fin rays (Ref. 93176).

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Asia: Peninsular and southeastern Thailand; absent in central Thailand. Report from Penang, Malaysia requires verification.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in slow moving to standing, brown to black, water (Ref. 93176).

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Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 2013. After eighty years of misidentification, a name for the glass catfish (Teleostei: Siluridae). Zootaxa 3630(2):308-316. (Ref. 93176)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00204 - 0.00980), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .