Cat-eLog Right Loricariidae Right Hypostominae Right Panaqolus

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Scientific Name Panaqolus nix  Cramer & Rapp Py-Daniel, 2015
Common Names L395, Madeira Prince Pleco
Madeiras Prinsesugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Rondônia, rio Madeira, cofferdam at construction site of Santo Antônio hydroelectric power plant (former Santo Antônio rapids), Brazil, 8°48'06"S, 63°57'00"W.
Pronunciation pan ack oh luss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. nix: From the Latin meaning snow, alluding to the color: in dark individuals the dots look like falling snowflakes, while pale individuals look like they have the whole body covered by snow; treated as a noun in apposition.
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Size 112mm or 4.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Like all members of the genus, males grow elongated interopercular odontodes during the breeding season. Males develop noticeable odontodes along the dorsum (back of the body) as well. Males develop small pointed genital papillae, whereas mature females will have large, rounded, swollen papillae. Additionally, gravid females have noticeably wider bodies between the pectoral and pelvic fins when viewed from above, compared to males.
General Remarks This species will appear dark with white spots in the aquarium, but in nature, much paler specimens are found. The text in the original description doesn't say so directly, but implies that this happens in water that isn't very clear. They will turn dark with small white spots over a period of a few days when kept in clear water.
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Distribution The known distribution of this species is the Madeira basin, including the Madeira, Mamoré, and Tambopata.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding This genus feeds on wood, and should have several pieces, preferably several kinds of wood to chew on. Aside from wood, a mainly vegetarian diet is recommended, prepared food such as algae wafers and fresh vegetables, such as courgette (zucchini) and tubers such as potato or sweet potato (yams).
Furniture Rock piles are optional and wood tangles are a must. Plants are not vital and will be nibbled or destroyed.
Suggested Tankmates Works well with most types of peaceful community fish. Can be somewhat territorial towards conspecifics, but given enough hiding spaces, a group can be kept in a suitable size aquarium - roughly requiring a 30 x 30cm area per fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Neotropical Ichthyology v. 13 (no. 3), pp 462, Figs. 1-5.
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Last Update 2022 Jan 22 08:13 (species record created: 2006 Dec 26 05:47)