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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow The genus Panaque

Jump to next section Summary of Panaque
Pronounced pan ah KAY.
Etymology The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish.
Identification The genus Panaque is identified by the teeth, which are spoon-shaped. This means that the teeth are noticeably wider at the tip than at the base. Other loricariidae have teeth that are similar width all the way from one end to the other. A second distinguishing feature is the lack of a buccal papilla, which is a "flap of skin" on the inside of the mouth. See pictures in this PDF on Pterygoplichthys.
Feeding All Panaque appear to feed on wood, so wood should be present in the tank. They also take prepared algae wafers and fresh vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, peas, green beans) and tubers (potato, yams and similar).
Compatibility Generally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
Furniture Natural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
Size Smallest 278mm, largest 600mm, average 391mm, most commonly 400mm. All SL.
Species There are 14 "species" in the database
Keepers 14 species (100%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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1. Panaque nigrolineatus (36.13%)
2. Panaque sp. (L191) (21.08%)
3. Panaque cf. nigrolineatus (11.57%)
4. Panaque cf. armbrusteri`xingu` (8.56%)
5. Panaque bathyphilus (6.02%)
6. Panaque armbrusteri (4.6%)
7. Panaque cf. cochliodon`upper_magdalena` (3.65%)
8. Panaque schaeferi (3.33%)
9. Panaque titan (2.54%)
10. Panaque cf. armbrusteri`tocantins` (0.95%)
11. Panaque cochliodon (0.79%)

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Jump to next section Distribution of selected Panaque species