Close-up ventral view of mouth and chest
Close-up lateral view
Close-up of caudal pigmentation
Lateral view circling lateral pores
Close-up of lateral pores
Close-up lateral view of head
Gravid female showing yellowish eggs
Close-up of head
Hours after hatching.
Eggs nearly day before hatching
Approx two weeks old fry
Few weeks old
Just a couple of days old
Ventral view showing yellow eggs
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|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, 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.|
- CotM 1996 December
|Size||32mm 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.|
|Distribution||Tropical South America
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)
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|pH||5.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||21.0-26.0°C or 69.8-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|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.|
|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.|
|References||Trans. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1) - pp267 - Pl. 15 (fig. 3)|
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|Last Update||2017 Sep 25 02:43 (species record created: 2001 Apr 14 00:00)|