Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cobitidae
(Loaches) > Cobitinae
Etymology: Acantopsis: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, ops = similar (Ref. 45335); dinema: Dervied from the from Latin di (meaning two) and nema (meaning for thread), in reference to the usual presence of two pairs of labial barbels in this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: tributaries of the Mekong River draining the Khorat Plateau and Mekong Delta ecoregions in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia; and Songkhram River in eastern Thailand to the Prek Thnot River south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116755)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 41 - 42. Acantopsis dinema is distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: absence of large spots on side of head; many black specks beneath midlateral row of black spots from head to caudal fin; 2 pairs of labial barbels; absence of distinct small black spot on upper margin of caudal-fin base; absence of large black spots on dorsal or caudal fins; dorsal fin usually with 10½ branched rays and pectoral fin with 10 rays; 8-17 dark saddles along dorsal midline; 6-12 black spots along side of body; 41-42 total vertebrae; and body depth 12.0-14.5% SL, body width 8.0-10.3% SL, caudal-peduncle length 12.1-14.3% SL (Ref. 116755).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Boyd, D.A., P. Nithirojpakdee, G. Deein, C. Vidthayanon, C. Grudpan, W. Tangjitjaroen, J.M. Pfeiffer, Z.S. Randall, T. Srisombat and L.M. Page, 2017. Revision of the horseface loaches (Cobitidae, Acantopsis), with description of three new species from Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 4341(2):151-192. (Ref. 116755)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
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
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00258 - 0.01228), 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
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .