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Jump to next section Summary of Hypancistrus
Pronouncedhype 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.
FeedingUnlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
CompatibilitySuitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
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.
FurnitureSand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
SexingMature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
BreedingAll Hypancistrus are closed cave spawners. Males trap females in the cave, eggs are laid and fertilised after which the male guards them until the fry are free swimming.
SizeSmallest 60mm, largest 160mm, average 105mm, most commonly 120mm. All SL.
SpeciesThere are 50 "species" in the database
Keepers44 species (88%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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1. Hypancistrus zebra (12.02%)
2. Hypancistrus sp. (L066) (11.76%)
3. Hypancistrus sp. (L333) (11.08%)
4. Hypancistrus sp. (L260) (9.14%)
5. Hypancistrus sp. (L201) (7.91%)
6. Hypancistrus sp. (L340) (4.96%)
7. Hypancistrus debilittera (4.8%)
8. Hypancistrus sp. (L270) (4.76%)
9. Hypancistrus contradens (4.34%)
10. Hypancistrus sp. (L262) (2.95%)
11. Hypancistrus sp. (L400) (2.56%)

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Jump to next section Distribution of selected Hypancistrus species