|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus debilittera Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007|
|Common Names||L129, Colombian Zebra Pleco|
|Type Locality||Pasaganado, 38 kilometers north of San Fernando de Atabapo, 4°23'04''N, 67°46'28''W, Río Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela|
|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. A combination of the Latin debilis meaning weak and littera meaning letter, in reference to the weak or absent E on the snout.|
|Size||70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||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.|
|Sexing||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.|
|Distribution||Rio Bita, tributary of the Rio Orinoco, up of Puerto Careño, Colombia
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Bita (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.4 - 7.6|
|Temperature||24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||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.|
|Furniture||Fine sand, driftwood, slate and/or bamboo caves. Plants can be kept without fear of damage from this species.|
|Compatibility||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.|
|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||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.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 11 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Copeia 2007(1) 62-79|
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|Last Update||2017 Oct 07 01:40 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|