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Jump to next section Summary of Panaque
Pronouncedpan ah KAY.
EtymologyThe generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish.
IdentificationThe 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.
FeedingAll 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).
CompatibilityGenerally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
FurnitureNatural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
SizeSmallest 278mm, largest 600mm, average 398mm, most commonly 400mm. All SL.
SpeciesThere are 15 "species" in the database
Keepers14 species (93%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Jump to next section Most Kept Species
1. Panaque nigrolineatus (35.36%)
2. Panaque sp. (L191) (21.88%)
3. Panaque cf. nigrolineatus (10.72%)
4. Panaque cf. armbrusteri`xingu` (8.99%)
5. Panaque bathyphilus (5.94%)
6. Panaque armbrusteri (4.64%)
7. Panaque cf. cochliodon`upper_magdalena` (3.33%)
8. Panaque schaeferi (3.19%)
9. Panaque titan (2.61%)
10. Panaque cf. armbrusteri`araguaia` (1.01%)
11. Panaque cochliodon (0.87%)

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Jump to next section Distribution of selected Panaque species