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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L004)   
Common Names L004, Angelicus Pleco
L005, L028, L073, Portel Angelicus Pleco
Pronunciation hype an siss truss
Etymology A 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. 
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Article - Shane's World Reproduction L28, an undescribed species of Hypancistrus from the Rio Guamá
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Often referred to by the trade name of ''Peckoltia angelicus'' which is not a valid scientific label. This is a small, attractively patterned species. The white spots adorning this species are medium sized and well spaced out. L004 is the juvenile phase of L005 (which has slightly smaller spots - still well spaced out) and also L028 and L073. Even if it is not a big Loricariid, it has a rather massive appearance.
Sexing Male in breeding condition have odontodes (~2mm) on the plate on the body. Odontodes on pectoral are bigger on male, dominant males have long interopercular odontodes which is not the case with submissive male, in which interopercular odontodes are barely bigger than those on the female. Females are more rounder in the ventral region when viewed from above.
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Distribution L004 & L005 : Brazil: Rio Tocantins at Cametá
L028 : Brazil : Guamá by Ourem
L073 : Brazil : Portel at the Rio Do Pará, Pará.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Capim, Guamá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins, Lower Tocantins, Pará (click on these areas to find other species found there)
pH 6.6 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Clean water, regular water changes and good oxygenation are recommended.
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Feeding Blood worms (live or frozen), brineshrimp, gammares. Tablets: common and with spirulina. Vegetables are hardly taken!
Furniture A lot of caves made of slate plates and bamboo. Caves have to be just a bit bigger than the fish so he can squeeze himself in it in case of danger Driftwood, fine sand, not too bright light. Plants can be kept with them as they don't touch them!
Compatibility Fairly territorial towards conspecifics and other Loricariids.
Suggested Tankmates Small 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.
Breeding Females lay about 45 eggs in a cave guarded by the male. The eggs hatch after 8 days. The young absorb the yolk sac in about 18 days. After this time the young usually stay in the cave and venture a bit at night, they are not kicked out by the male but he does not provide any protection as the male goes out to search for food and let the young unguard, they will benefit from the protection when he comes back. The male does not disallow the young to go in or out as he does when they are still absorbing the yolk sac.
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2013 Jul 13 16:28 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)