Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Akysidae
(Stream catfishes) > Akysinae
Etymology: Akysis: Derived from Greek, a = without + Greek, kysthos = bladder (Ref. 45335); pulvinatus: From the Latin pulvinus, an elevation, in reference to the long-based adipose fin of this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 8.0 - ?. Tropical; 29°C - ?
Asia: upper Tapi River drainage and hillstreams flowing into the Andaman Sea on the western half of the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59363)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9 - 10;
Vertebrae: 31. Differs from congeners (except for Akysis brachybarbatus, Akysis fuliginatus, Akysis longifilis, Akysis pictus, Akysis prashadi and Akysis vespa by the absence of serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine. Can be differentiated from Akysis brachybarbatus in having deeper caudal peduncle (9.4-10.% SL vs. 7.9-8.1), narrower head (21.9-25.1% SL vs. 25.5-28.0) and the presence (vs. absence) of a yellow snout; and fromAkysis fuliginatus in having a longer adipose-fin base (23.0-25.2% SL vs. 15.1-19.5), a gently forked (vs. truncate) caudal fin, and presence (vs. absence) of light-colored markings on the head and body, and from Akysis longifilis in possessing a deeper body (13.2-16.0% SL vs. 9.7-13.6) and caudal peduncle (9.4-10.3% SL 5.6-7.2), shorter nasal and maxillary barbels (reaching posterior margin of orbit vs. dorsalmost limit of gill opening, 13.9-57.5% HL vs. 67.4-96.4, and reaching middle of pectoral-fin base vs. vertical through middle of dorsal-fin base, 78.5-105.0% HL vs. 123.2-159.6 respectively). Distinguished from Akysis pictus and Akysis prashadi in having a longer head (27.6-29.8% SL vs. 20.9-25.1) and the presence (vs. absence) of a yellow snout. Differs further from Akysis pictus in having more rounded pale colored patches on the body (vs. with elongate pale patches that typically extend throughout the dorsal surface of the entire postdorsal distance. Can be diagnosed from Akysis vespa in having a longer adipose-fin base (23.0-25.2% SL vs. 16.2-21.6), deeper caudal peduncle (9.4-10.3% SL vs. 7.6-9.1) and caudal fin with lower lobe longer than upper (vs. both lobes approximately equal). Differs from Akysis varius in having a gently forked (vs. truncate) caudal fin (Ref. 59363).
The type locality of this species is a stream characterized by both slow-flowing and riffle areas, clear water and substrate consisted of gravel and larger rocks. This catfish occurs between the rocks, particularly in the riffle areas.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H., 2007. Akysis pulvinatus, a new species of catfish (Siluriformes: Akysidae) from southern Thailand. Zootaxa 1608:51-58. (Ref. 59363)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass 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=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 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 (10 of 100) .