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Scientific NameHypancistrus sp. (L070)   
Common NamesL070, Zombie Pleco
Pronunciationhype an siss truss
EtymologyA 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 130mm or 5.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDifferent shades of grey are displayed, the intensity will depend of the substrate color and the mood of the fish.
SexingMales develop small teeth-like odontodes which adorn the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of the fishes body. Females remain unadorned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when the area just behind the pectoral fins is viewed from above.
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DistributionRio Tapajos, Para State, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.6 - 7.6
Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingOmnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater. Well fed individuals will not damage most plants. They will also accept commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs.
FurnitureRock piles and wood tangles. Plants are not vital.
CompatibilityPeaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.
Suggested TankmatesSmall 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.
BreedingHas been bred in captivity, male guards eggs in cave as per usual for the genus. Eggs are around 4mm, around 30 eggs. One spawning report gives a pH of 7.4, GH around 8, and temp 29°C.
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ReferencesSeidel, I. Zebra & Co.- die Gattung Hypancistrus, DATZ, 12/2000, ppg 12-18
Registered Keepers(1) kwalker, who also notes: "i believe this is possibly the largest of all the hyp's. my male is approximately 7 inches in length. was shipped into the US in early 2002 as L-260. i purchased as L-260 only to discover after recieving them a new species.", (2) henryrus, (3) smegforbrains, (4) NC24, (5) Raina, (6) Acanthicus, (7) MatsP (k: 10), (8) Yann (k: 10), (9) jac (k: 6), (10) boxedfish (k: 15), (11) Id16 (k: 6), (12) husky_jim, (13) Divinehammer, (14) rob rensen, (15) Koen (k: 7).

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Breeding Reports(1) jac (b: 45).
Article - CotM 2012 May
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Last Update2013 Mar 11 09:11 (species record created: 2002 Apr 06 00:00)