Male guarding eggs
Female after spawning - note scratches on right
Ten day old fry
Ten week old youngsters
Ten week old youngsters
Ventral view - may be spotted or not
Posterior half of male showing odontode growth
Posterior half of female showing no odontode growth
Close-up of head
Pair, male on left
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Peckoltia compta Oliveria, Zuanon, Py-Daniel & Rocha, 2010|
|Common Names||L134, Leopard Frog Pleco|
|Type Locality||Brazil, Pará, Itaituba, Pimental, rio Tapajós downstream from the confluence with rio Jamanxim, 04°41'06''S 056°23'07''W.|
|Pronunciation||peck OLE tea ah - com tah|
|Etymology||Peckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. The specific epithet means adorned, in reference the species attractive patterning.|
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|Size||110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Although very variable in terms of patterning, this beautiful species is quite easy to identify. Younger fish have more background yellow colour and older fish are darker with more stripes.|
|Sexing||Males 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.|
|Distribution||The specimens collected in the species description where from two localities: in rio Tapajós, near the village of Pimental, downstream from the confluence with rio Jamanxim, and in rio Jamanxim around ilha da Terra Preta. Aquarium collectors primarily work in the are around Pimental.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós, Jamanxim (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.0 - 7.4|
|Temperature||24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||The species description notes the Tapajós and Jamanxim are clear water rivers and the specimens were collected in moderate to fast flowing waters, over a rocky bottom. The fish is commonly found in surprisingly still water usually over rocks.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater. Well fed individuals will not damage most plants.|
|Furniture||Rock piles and wood tangles. Plants are not vital.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.|
|Suggested Tankmates||A medium sized pleco that can be combined with most tankmates that share a similar preference for warm and softer acidic water. An ideal pleco for a Tapajós set-up but can be combined with most small or medium sized fishes. Everything from small characins to larger eartheaters will do well.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 22 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Zootaxa 2534: 48–56 (2010)|
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|Last Update||2014 Mar 16 15:57 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|