Glytothorax cavia (Hamilton, 1822)

Subfamily: Glyptosterinae

Genus: Glyptothorax Blyth

Body elongated and depressed, skin smooth, granulated or tuberculated. Head depressed, chest with a thoracic adhesive apparatus, which is rhomboidal in shape. Gill membranes united with each other and isthmus. Paired fins plaited below.

Synony ms: Pimelodus cavia Hamilton – Buchanan, 1822; Euglyptosternum lineatum Day, 1877; Glyptothorax burmanicus Prasahd and Mukerji, 1929; Glyptosternum cavia Day, 1877; G. cavia Hora and Menon, 1948; Bagarius cavia Hamilton, 1822

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin rays 1/6, anal 2/9-10, pectoral 1/9. Body elongated, head depressed, longer than broad. Occipital process not reaching basal bone of dorsal fin. Adhesive thoracic apparatus longer than broad encircling a deep central pit. Skin on head and body smooth.


Common names: Heartthroat catfish, kabrey, batballa


Punatsangchhu: Sheti bagar (Dagana)

Altitude: 125 MASL (Single locality)

Conservation status: Least concern (IUCN)