|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypoptopoma spectabilis (Eigenmann, 1914)|
|Type Locality||Quebrada Cramalote, 4°07'N, 73°36'W, Dpto. Meta, Villavicencio, Colombia.|
|Synonym(s)||Nannoptopoma spectabile, Nannoptopoma spectabilis, Otocinclus spectabilis|
|Pronunciation||hi POP toe po mah|
|Etymology||Hypoptopoma is derived from hypos (low position, below). piptein (depressed). poma (cheek) This specific epithet literally means showy(spectabilis=showy, notable).|
|Size||29mm (1.1") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Hypoptopoma are small(ish) loricariids with a stocky body with a wide, flattened, head with the eyes on the side of the head and a concave profile, with a normal (not extremely thin) tail.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Temperature||25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|Breeding||Has been spawned in the aquarium. A breeding group of 12 specimens was kept in a small aquarium decorated with fine sand, wood rocks and cryptocorynes, anubias and Java fern. The fish were conditioned using dry and frozen foods with the occasional live food added. Spawning occurred on the glass of the aquarium and approximately 60 greenish eggs were produced. The male guards the eggs. Hatching after 60-80 hours at 25°C the fry have a huge yolk sac. After 100 hours the egg sac is virtually gone and feeding can commence. In this reported spawn the fry were provided with dust sized flake food, live micro eels and newly hatched Artemia. Unfortunately 1 week after becoming free swimming the fry started to die off, apparently through starvation so it appears the above is not a suitable diet for them. Water parameters of the breeding tank were, 25°C, 3°dGH,0-1°dKH; pH 6.0 and conductivity 150uS/cm.|
|References||Ind. Univ. Studies No. 23 - pp229
Aquino, A. E. & S. A. Schaefer. 2010. Systematics of the genus Hypoptopoma Günther, 1868 (Siluriformes, Loricariidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History No. 336: 1-110.
|Registered Keepers||(1) foxweed, who also notes: " 12/30/09 Update:
After almost two years i can say they like frozen/thawed collard greens and decap bbs eggs the best.
Once established they are easy to keep.
", (2) Ashleigh.
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|Last Update||2012 Feb 05 03:11 (species record created: 2004 Aug 11 00:00)|
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