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Scientific NameHypancistrus debilittera  Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007
Common Name(s)L129
Type LocalityPasaganado, 38 kilometers north of San Fernando de Atabapo, 4°23'04''N, 67°46'28''W, Río Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela
Pronunciationhype an siss truss
EtymologyA contraction of the Greek hypo (meaning less than) and ancistrus, an allusion to the reduced number of teeth (particularly in the lower jaw) found in this genus. A combination of the Latin debilis meaning weak and littera meaning letter, in reference to the weak or absent E on the snout.
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDark brown base coloration with fine yellowish stripe. Rather large eyes compared with the body length (like Hypancistrus inspector. A small mouth with typical Hypancistrus dentition.
SexingTypical of the genus; males have longer pectoral and interopercular odontodes, they also have plate odontodes on the body. Females are rounder in the ventral region.
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DistributionRio Bita, tributary of the Rio Orinoco, up of Puerto Careño, Colombia
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Bita (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.4 - 7.6
Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingOmnivore. They still seem to prefer meaty foods such as blood worms, gammarus or brine shrimps. Commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs are also eaten.
FurnitureFine sand, driftwood, slate and/or bamboo caves. Plants can be kept without fear of damage from this species.
CompatibilityIts small size makes it a good citizen for small tanks. Males are more territorial than females and are territorial toward conspecifics and other Loricariidae of about the same size.
Suggested TankmatesSmall tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when available.
BreedingFemales lay about 20 eggs of about 3mm in diameter in a cave. Brood guarded by the male in the cave. Raising of the young is unproblematic if a good hygiene is provided.
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ReferencesCopeia 2007(1) 62-79
Registered Keepers(1) Ak Viking (k: 12), (2) Cory-Diddi, (3) Kristofer, (4) funkyj1313, (5) amergim, (6) alga (k: 3), (7) CatBrat, (8) mzavori, (9) steady, (10) smithrc, (11) gimmeplec5 (k: 4), (12) johnny70, (13) yogi69 (k: 12), (14) YSR50, (15) henryrus, (16) Colin_BC, (17) Kay1986, (18) glenny, who also notes: "A beautiful little catfish!", (19) gage, (20) gemjunkie, (21) BooUrns! (k: 5), (22) helshøj, (23) Scubaguy, who also notes: "Wild caught. L129 Columbian Zebra Pleco", (24) kerryteatsjr (k: 7), (25) Didgeridoo (k: 5), who also notes: "Mine eat a variety of foods including frozen bloodworms, Omega One shrimp pellets, and frozen brine shrimp. I also add Omega One spirulina discs, and live whiteworms.", (26) drgold (k: 10), (27) Julie, (28) Leucosticta, (29) Lique, (30) ladyfish (p: 2, k: 4), who also notes: "wild caught", (31) nvcichlids (k: 25), (32) Shawnc (p: 2, k: 3), (33) nashnut (k: 15), (34) gem400 (k: 6), (35) myfish, (36) Sanplec, (37) allim (p: 2), (38) AleGer, (39) francistrus, (40) Hitch, (41) drpleco (k: 5), (42) 2wheelsx2 (k: 3), (43) upc239 (p: 2, k: 5), who also notes: "Bought at Nature Pet Store", (44) Stone, (45) djtonyel (k: 22), (46) aquadominus, (47) Derzel, (48) electrophyste, (49) theviper06, who also notes: "CoCo", (50) PlecoCrazy (k: 3), (51) Raina, (52) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 2), (53) hankinswood, (54) jp11biod, (55) Elwood (k: 2), (56) ltaylor88, (57) Travis_Conklin, (58) geminiluna (k: 5), (59) Zulan, (60) keen-eyed (k: 2), (61) cdc069, (62) donpetty, (63) nnpnnp, (64) PseudaSmart (k: 53), (65) adcc (k: 4), (66) galactuz, (67) sendthis, (68) Apostolis, (69) jessonthenet, (70) fahaka, (71) a-401, (72) GregK, (73) chriscarnivorous, (74) tamara (k: 2), (75) eyal8a, (76) krazyGeoff (k: 9), (77) sterna (k: 2), (78) JamieDurrant (k: 3), (79) tomr (k: 2), (80) The7up (k: 2), (81) mjh712 (k: 2), (82) kawa85 (k: 3), (83) wet-handed (k: 2), who also notes: "The male may be l340, but female i belive is debilittera. They were labeled as l204 at lfs. They both came in in the same shipment to the store an were the only "fancy pl*cos" that they ordered, wich leads me to think they are both the same. I have spawned them twice. the t.d.s. was around 250-300ppm and they spawned few days after i lowered it to 100ppm over 5 days or so. they spawned back to back as soon as the first fry left the cave they have not repeated as of yet its been about a month an half. I will not distribute this fry till i have positive id on parents.", (84) Hellboy, (85) cynne31, (86) m1ke715m (k: 3), (87) Wijnbelevenis, (88) freddynietzsche, (89) rodney, (90) botguy13, (91) crazy4bettas (k: 6), (92) jorgehdzy (p: 2), (93) dav (k: 50), (94) Krissy, (95) tobocrs, (96) Atmichaels (k: 3), (97) ChrisScholes260, (98) raider (k: 4), (99) Melander (k: 5), who also notes: "WC", (100) neil187barton, (101) Bacce, (102) AnnaIsabel, (103) citizencurt, (104) MrsJP, (105) Milan, (106) hypanaquolus, (107) tyrone147, (108) LostYeti (k: 2), (109) limed, (110) rizla75, (111) CL27, (112) roycarballo (k: 2), (113) CodOnMyRod, (114) flatfish (k: 84), (115) camtang (p: 2), (116) victoriaz24, (117) Asset, (118) Tamcon83 (k: 2), (119) Juiceyfish, (120) NCE12940 (k: 6), who also notes: "Reclusive little things; hiding out in caves or behind / under sponge filter. Eating well, good color, no signs of stress.", (121) KisA (k: 5), (122) A 401, (123) jamesyboy, (124) rcbows (k: 7), (125) kazzpj, (126) bassgenie, (127) husky_jim, (128) nytenoir, (129) indeliKate, (130) monsterfishkeeper, (131) Papiman, (132) Truls warhuus, (133) PlecosAndLoaches, (134) Barbie, (135) Littleleeper23, (136) GHCHPlecos (p: 2), (137) Truls J Warhuus, (138) Gio2013, (139) Jonboy, (140) Wyomingite (k: 6), (141) Junglejason, (142) Neo (k: 13), who also notes: "Bought 4 from fishkeeper stirling, very normal colouring. Purchased a "breeding trio" from an ebay seller which are much lighter in colour than the original 4, 6 more came from Orwell Aquatics", (143) Ronnimonster, (144) FredMotorhead, (145) fishyNZ (k: 3).

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Breeding Reports(1) flatfish (b: 64), (2) PseudaSmart (b: 52), (3) Bacce (b: 40), (4) dav (b: 33), (5) Elwood (b: 28), (6) djtonyel (b: 25), (7) Melander (b: 21), (8) Neo (b: 20), (9) KisA (b: 7).
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Last Update2013 Mar 11 09:08 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)