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Scientific Name Leporacanthicus triactis  Isbrücker, Nijssen & Nico, 1992
Common Names L091, Three Beacon Pleco
Orangestiplet Sugemalle (Denmark), Redfin Blackspot (Germany)
Type Locality Caño Mavaquita, Upper Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela, about 2°12'30"N, 65°05'30"W.
Pronunciation lepor ah KAN thi cuss - try ACT iss
Etymology Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, akantha = thorn. 
Article Link - CotM Right 2002 Right October
Article Link - Shane's World Right Reproduction Right Making beacons, the spawning of L091.
Down Species Information
Size 247mm or 9.7" 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.

Depending on its age, sex, mood or surroundings the fish can vary from brown or grey to charcoal black. It has three vivid orange to yellow blotches; one each on all three of the non-paired fins.
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 coloration.
Down Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Upper Orinoco River basin in Colombia and Venezuela.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Down Husbandry Information
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. User data.
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 See catfish of the month article (link below).
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Down Further Information
Reference Die Aquarien- und Terrarienzeitschrift (DATZ) v. 46 (no. 1) [for Jan. 1993], pp 3, Figs. 1-6.
Registered Keepers There are 198 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 06:22 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)