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Scientific NameSpectracanthicus murinus  Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1987
Common Name
Type LocalityPoça de Pedra, Rio Tapajós, e. Pará, Brazil.
EtymologyGenus: Latin, spectrum = look, apparition + Greek, akantha = thorn. This specific epithet literally means mouse gray (murinus=mouse gray) and refers to its colour.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSpectracanthicus can be separated from all other loricariids except some Baryancistrus, Parancistrus and an undescribed Hemiancistrus by the presence of the dorsal-fin membrane contacting the adipose-fin spine. It can be separated from Baryancistrus and the Hemiancistrus by having fewer teeth (less than 25 vs. greater than 25) and from Parancistrus by having restricted gill openings.

Spectracanthicus murinus is unique among Ancistrini in that it has lost the evertible cheek plates typical of species of Ancistrini.
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DistributionSouth America: Brazil: Tapajós River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.5 - 7.5
Temperature26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F (Show species within this range)
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BreedingHas been bred in captivity and is a cave spawner.
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ReferencesRev. Fr. Aquariol.v. 13 (no. 4) (1986) - pp94 - Figs. 1-3.
Seidel & Evers (2005). Wels Atlas Band 2. Mergus, Germany.
Armbruster's Spectracanthicus Key.
Registered Keepers(1) Yann (k: 3), (2) L-ko, (3) Andynotts, (4) steveh28 (k: 4), (5) johni (k: 5), (6) OlePaulsen, (7) monkiecat (p: 2, k: 3), (8) Nabobmob1 (k: 2), who also notes: "It was difficult to get the fish to eat after arrival, a majority were lost.", (9) adelinoarrais.

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Breeding Reports(1) Nabobmob1 (b: 54).
Article - CotM 2014 December
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Last Update2015 Jun 04 13:53 (species record created: 2004 Oct 03 00:00)