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Scientific Name Hoplosternum magdalenae  Eigenmann in Ellis, 1913
Common Name Striped Hoplo
Type Locality Soplaviento, Colombia.
Pronunciation hop low STERN um - mag dall LEN ae
Etymology Hoplosternum: From the Greek hoplon, meaning shield and sternum, meaning breast; in reference to the prominent coracoid bones on the breast. Named after the river Magdalena which is part of its native habitat.
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Size 96mm or 3.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Magdalena and Sinu River basins, Columbia and Venezuela.
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Magdalena (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Sinú (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 5.8 - 7.8
Temperature 20.0-22.0°C or 68-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters up to 25 dGH.
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Feeding Omnivore, constantly searches the substrate for any food.
Breeding Bubble-nest builder. Male courts the female. The female carries eggs in a pouch created by the pectoral fin and places them in the nest with the male curved around the female. Female should be removed after spawn. Fry develops in 4-5 days. Spawn took place in a 26-28 °C tank with 5 °KH. Rear fry in a tank with algae, feeding with Artemia and prepared babyfood (such as TetraMin Babyfood).
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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References Ann. Carnegie Mus.v. 8 (nos. 3-4) - pp412
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Last Update 2006 Nov 08 12:47 (species record created: 2004 Jan 17 00:00)