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Scientific Name Otocinclus vittatus  Regan, 1904
Common Names LDA023, Common Otocinclus
Dwarf Sucker, Ohrgitterharnischwels (Germany), Oto, Stribet Dværgsugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Descalvados, Rio Paraguay system, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.
Pronunciation auto SINK luss - vit TAT us
Etymology Greek, ous, oto = ear + Latin, cinclus = latticework; in allusion to the holes of the head in the ears. 
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Size 33mm or 1.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Very similar indeed to O. mariae.
Sexing Females are larger and broader especially when viewed from above.
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Distribution South America: Amazon, Orinoco, Paraná/Paraguay, Xingu and Tocantins River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 5.5 - 7.5
Temperature 21.0-26.0°C or 69.8-78.8°F (Show species 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.
Suggested Tankmates Keep in groups (preferably at least six) with any small to mid-sized community fish.
Breeding See Shane's World Article
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference Transactions of the Zoological Society of London v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1), pp 267, Pl. 15 (fig. 3).
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Last Update 2020 Oct 23 04:08 (species record created: 2001 Apr 14 00:00)