Acanthopsoides gracilentus (Smith, 1945)
Acanthopsoides gracilentus
photo by Baird, I.G.

Family:  Cobitidae (Spined loaches)
Max. size:  6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins (Ref. 27732). Reported from the Maeklong basins (Ref. 26336).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal-fin origin slightly in front of the pelvic-fin origin; a midlateral row of 13-30 (usually 20-25) conspicuous, black blotches; a row of 14-20 mid-dorsal blotches; irregular dots on the dorsal half of the body; a conspicuous roundish black spot at the upper extremity of the caudal-fin base and a fainter one at the lower extremity; snout length 2.1-2.7 times in head length (Ref. 27732). Eye in anterior half of head; 6 diffuse bars on caudal fin (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Found in upper parts of river basins, with slow to fast waters, on gravel and pebbles (Ref. 27732). Occurs over sandy bottoms in medium to large rivers. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Not fished commercially (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 February 2012 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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