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Scientific Name Otocinclus cocama  Reis, 2004
Common Name(s) Zebra Oto
Zebra Otocinclus, Zebra-Ohrgitter-Harnischwels (Germany)
Type Locality Quebrada Yamayacu, about 4°55'S, 73°43'W, tributary to the caño of the cocha Supay in Jenaro Herrera, Provincia Requena, Departamento Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciation auto SINK luss - koe kah mah
Etymology Greek, ous, oto = ear + Latin, cinclus = latticework; in allusion to the holes of the head in the ears. Named after the Cocama-Cocamilla Indians that used to be dominant in the lower Ucayali and Marañon rivers.
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Size 42mm or 1.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Easily distinguished by its distinctive color pattern of vertically elongate blotches and a complete lateral line without the gap plates.
Sexing Females are larger and broader especially when viewed from above.
General Remarks First imported in early 2001.
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Distribution Peru: Lower Ucayali and Marañon Rivers.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.0 - 7.5
Temperature 21.0-25.0°C or 69.8-77°F (Show others within this range)
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Feeding Initially algae, add a shoal to an ''algaefied'' tank and then supplement diet with sinking tablets and the usual cucumbers / lettuce or courgette (zucchini).
Furniture Large leafed plants and vertical flat rock surfaces (especially slate). Not essential, but likes bogwood and a large rounded substrate. Live plants seem essential to the long term survival of this fish.
Compatibility Peaceful.
Breeding Unknown.
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References Neotropical Ichthyology v. 2 (no. 3)
Registered Keepers (1) Silurus, (2) Yan (p: 2), (3) fred0, (4) chris 1 (k: 3), (5) Bengt F, (6) cranberryroo, (7) JO C (k: 8), (8) Birger Amundsen, (9) andywg (k: 8), (10) PandaPlus (k: 5), (11) glenny (k: 2), (12) ayrtoninst (k: 6), (13) foxweed (k: 4), who also notes: "added 2 on 1-1-10", (14) peterl, (15) (k: 5), (16) vanillarum (k: 7), (17) redwood (k: 4), (18) vega77 (k: 5), (19) matti2uude (k: 6), (20) NC24, (21) Donald (k: 3), (22) Deb, (23) JamieH, (24) Kampfer, (25) Ibn, (26) madtundra, (27) BallAquatics, (28) gforcefx, (29) [LeX], (30) Coriequest (k: 2), who also notes: "I had 14, One very thin one died in the bag, then several more expired after acclimating carefully for two hour drip, (over a four day span.) They were not in great shape initially with several showing damaged tail fins. One showed up with bloat and died after seeming ok for a week. The rest died with possible hemorraging in the mouth area. Now I have 8. The rest seem to be ok. Hoping they make it. Updated, only two are still alive and they live in a tank with lots of coverage so I only see one at a time and it hides when it sees me.", (31) Melander (k: 3), (32) Shazray, (33) cifinest33rd, (34) crazy4bettas (k: 2), (35) Madtundra01, (36) Catscatfish, (37) Mathias (k: 2), (38) Tau, (39) booitsme3109, (40) telsonboy, (41) Arron_N (k: 2), (42) parrot1974 (k: 2), who also notes: "Took over an anubia plant and both of them are on there or sometimes on glass or plants. One took a dislike to a large shadow catfish and attacked it. Next day it had haemorrhaging to the mouth and died the following day. I wonder whether this was conspecific aggression.", (43) DHarris.

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Breeding Reports (1) unissuh (b: 45).
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Last Update 2013 Jul 13 14:41 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)