|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus sp. (L340)|
|Common Names||LDA019, Mega Clown 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.|
- CotM 2008 May
|Size||80mm or 3.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This species smaller size, the orange colour and the well marked eye junction is a good way to id this species. Can be confused with more strikingly marked Hypancistrus debiliterra.|
|Sexing||Mature 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.|
|Distribution||L340 was first found in the Tomo river basin, but a wider distribution is likely.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Tomo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 8.0|
|Temperature||26.0-30.5°C or 78.8-86.9°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Broadly omnivorous with a preference for meaty (insect based) foods.|
|Furniture||Rocks, driftwood, dead leaves with sand.|
|Compatibility||Generally peaceful but territorial towards other plecos of similar size.|
|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||Can be bred in a large variety of water parameters, breeding isn’t hard to achieve, brood are of small size of around 10-15 eggs, male will guard the eggs and fry in the cave until they are free swimming. Female will breed one at a time like other Hypancistrus.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 12 breeding reports, read them all here.|
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|Last Update||2008 May 07 11:58 (species record created: 2003 Sep 22 00:00)|