|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Leporacanthicus heterodon Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1989|
|Common Names||Golden Vampire Pleco
Gylden Vampyrsugemalle (Denmark), Heterodon Harnischwels (Germany)
|Type Locality||Cachoeira von Martius, upper Rio Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||lepor ah KAN thi cuss|
|Etymology||Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, akantha = thorn.|
|Size||170mm or 6.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||All Leporacanthicus spp. have a small backwards facing slightly proud blunt thorn-like plate on top of their heads.|
|Sexing||Adult males have a much longer and broader head with small odontodes on the sides of head, more odontodes on pectoral fin spine and on the whole body, a bigger dorsal fin and normally a prettier colouration.|
|Distribution||South America: Xingu River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Temperature||26.0-29.0°C or 78.8-84.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Not a true vegetarian so a wide variety of foods, including algae wafers, cucumber or courgette (zucchini), frozen bloodworm, prawns, shrimps and tablet food. Shelled crustaceans or mollusks appear favourite foods but should be fed sparingly or used for conditioning.|
|Furniture||Prefers bogwood and darker rocks.|
|Compatibility||Gets on with small lively catfish but avoid too many other larger bottom dwellers (unless space permits) due to the territorial disputes.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Most small to medium community fish. Tetras and South American cichlids are ideal, unless you really go for it when providing a strong water current.|
|Breeding||Documented in the DATZ special issue ''Loricariids 2'' , September 2001.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Aquar. Terrar. Z.v. 42 (no. 9) - pp547 - Figs. 12, 18-19|
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|Last Update||2018 Sep 27 06:37 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|