Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Lepidocephalichthys: Greek, lepas = limpet + Greek, ichtys = fish (Ref. 45335); kranos: Kranos is Greek for helmet, in reference to the large, exposed scales on the top of the head (Ref. 83671).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 18°N - 14°N, 100°E - 105°E
Lepidocephalichthys kranos occurs in the Chao Phraya drainage in Thailand and the Mekong drainage in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, where it seems to be common and often found with L. hasselti. It is common in paddy fields, slow-flowing streams, and ponds, and is typically found in habitats with dense vegetation. (Ref. 83671).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83671); 4.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Lepidocephalichthys kranos is distinguished from all other members of Lepidocephalichthys by the combination of large, exposed scales on top of head; dorsal-fin origin just anterior to pelvic-fin origin; moderate/large size (to 44 mm SL); truncated or slightly emarginated caudal fin; ‘‘hunched’’ body shape (body depth increasing rapidly from snout to pectoral-fin origin); large muscular nape marking end of scaled head; thin, dark, interrupted stripe along side of body present in both sexes (Ref. 83671).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Havird, J.C. and L.M. Page, 2010. A revision of Lepidocephalichthys (Teleostei: Cobitidae) with descriptions of two new species from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Copeia 2010(1):137-159. (Ref. 83671)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00252 - 0.01200), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .