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  • Hypoptopoma spectabilis
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Scientific Name Hypoptopoma spectabilis  (Eigenmann, 1914)
Common Name
Type Locality Quebrada Cramalote, 4°07'N, 73°36'W, Dpto. Meta, Villavicencio, Colombia.
Synonym(s) Nannoptopoma spectabile, Nannoptopoma spectabilis, Otocinclus spectabilis
Pronunciation hi POP toe po mah
Etymology Hypoptopoma is derived from hypos (low position, below). piptein (depressed). poma (cheek) This specific epithet literally means showy(spectabilis=showy, notable).
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Size 29mm or 1.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Hypoptopoma are small(ish) loricariids with a stocky body with a wide, flattened, head with the eyes on the side of the head and a concave profile, with a normal (not extremely thin) tail.
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Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
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Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Has been spawned in the aquarium. A breeding group of 12 specimens was kept in a small aquarium decorated with fine sand, wood rocks and cryptocorynes, anubias and Java fern. The fish were conditioned using dry and frozen foods with the occasional live food added. Spawning occurred on the glass of the aquarium and approximately 60 greenish eggs were produced. The male guards the eggs. Hatching after 60-80 hours at 25°C the fry have a huge yolk sac. After 100 hours the egg sac is virtually gone and feeding can commence. In this reported spawn the fry were provided with dust sized flake food, live micro eels and newly hatched Artemia. Unfortunately 1 week after becoming free swimming the fry started to die off, apparently through starvation so it appears the above is not a suitable diet for them. Water parameters of the breeding tank were, 25°C, 3°dGH,0-1°dKH; pH 6.0 and conductivity 150uS/cm.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ind. Univ. Studies No. 23 - pp229
Aquino, A. E. & S. A. Schaefer. 2010. Systematics of the genus Hypoptopoma Günther, 1868 (Siluriformes, Loricariidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History No. 336: 1-110.
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Last Update 2012 Feb 05 03:11 (species record created: 2004 Aug 11 00:00)