Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Akysidae
(Stream catfishes) > Akysinae
Etymology: subtilis: The specific name is derived from the Latin subtilis (slender), referring to its relatively long and slender body (Ref. 30226). More on authors: Ng & Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: known only from the Mekong basin in Laos and Thailand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 35 - 36. Distinguished from all its congeners by the following unique combination of characters: slender body (body depth at anus 11.9-13.5% SL); depth of caudal peduncle 5.5-5.8% SL; extremely narrow head ( head width 17.5-18.7% SL); small and close set-eyes (eye diameter 7-9% HL; interorbital distance 33-38% HL); short nasal barbels (23-30% HL); possession of 35-36 total vertebrae; presence of 1+ 3 gill rakers on the first branchial arch; 5-6 serrae on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine; 8 branchiostegal rays; caudal fin strongly forked with pointed lobes (Ref. 30226). Body brown with 2 dark patches along dorsum at base of dorsal and adipose fins (Ref. 43281).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 1998. The catfish genus Akysis Bleeker (Teleostei: Akysidae) in Indochina, with descriptions of six new species. J. Nat. Hist. 32:1057-1097. (Ref. 30226)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [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
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .