|Cat-eLog Data Sheet
|Hypancistrus debilittera Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007
|L129, Colombian Zebra Pleco
Colombiansk Zebramalle (Denmark)
|Pasaganado, 38 kilometers north of San Fernando de Atabapo, 4°23'04''N, 67°46'28''W, Río Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela
|hype an siss truss
|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. A combination of the Latin debilis meaning weak and littera meaning letter, in reference to the weak or absent E on the snout.
|70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
|Dark brown base coloration with fine yellowish stripe. Rather large eyes compared with the body length (like Hypancistrus inspector. A small mouth with typical Hypancistrus dentition.
|Typical of the genus; males have longer pectoral and interopercular odontodes, they also have plate odontodes on the body. Females are rounder in the ventral region.
|South America: Río Orinoco in Venezuela.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Bita (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Log in to view data on a map.
|IUCN Red List Category
|Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
|6.4 - 7.6
|24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
|Omnivore. They still seem to prefer meaty foods such as blood worms, gammarus or brine shrimps. Commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs are also eaten. User data.
|Fine sand, driftwood, slate and/or bamboo caves. Plants can be kept without fear of damage from this species.
|Its small size makes it a good citizen for small tanks. Males are more territorial than females and are territorial toward conspecifics and other Loricariidae of about the same size.
|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.
|Females lay about 20 eggs of about 3mm in diameter in a cave. Brood guarded by the male in the cave. Raising of the young is unproblematic if a good hygiene is provided.
|There are 14 breeding reports, read them all here.
|Copeia 2007 (no. 1), pp 68, Figs. 1D, 5.
|There are 234 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
|Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There are 16 wishes to keep this species, see who wants what.
|Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 88 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
|More on Hypancistrus debilittera
|Look up Hypancistrus debilittera on AquaticRepublic.com
|Look up Hypancistrus debilittera on Fishbase
|Look up Hypancistrus debilittera on Encyclopedia of Life
|Look up Hypancistrus debilittera on Global Biodiversity Information Facility
|LFS label creator
|2022 Jan 11 07:30 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)