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  • Hypancistrus sp. (L250)
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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L250)   
Common Name L250
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. 
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Apparently only 8 specimens have ever been imported (as at 2017).
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.
General Remarks This fish was originally reported from the Rio Iriri, but to date no Hypancistrus have been found in the Iriri. The color pattern of L250 aligns it with other black and white Hypancistrus that are all endemic to the Xingu; since no other Hypancistrus have been found in the Iriri, it is believed that the capture location of the original specimens was misreported, perhaps to hide the actual source.
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Distribution Rio Xingu, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Temperature 24.0-29.0°C or 75.2-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Unlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
Furniture Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
Compatibility Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2017 Aug 28 01:39 (species record created: 2006 Jul 29 00:00)