Cat-eLog Right Loricariidae Right Hypostominae Right Panaqolus

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Scientific Name Panaqolus sp. (L453)   
Common Names L453, Moa Pleco
Albertini Panaque, King Arabesque Pleco, Moasugemalle (Denmark)
Pronunciation pan ack oh luss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. 
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Like all members of the genus, males grow elongated interopercular odontodes during the breeding season. Males develop noticeable odontodes along the dorsum (back of the body) as well. Males develop small pointed genital papillae, whereas mature females will have large, rounded, swollen papillae. Additionally, gravid females have noticeably wider bodies between the pectoral and pelvic fins when viewed from above, compared to males.
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Distribution This form - originally imported as Panaque sp. "Iquitos" - was reported to be from the area around Iquitos and hardly ever seen as an import. With the subsequent import of a number of specimens, a different source location - the Rio Moa at the Brazilian-Peruvian border - was reported. These fish were then designated as L453. It appears credible that a species as rare as this does not originate from the surroundings of a large city, but does indeed stem from a remote, hardly accessible spot such as the Rio Moa. A definitive answer still would probably require collection trips by hobbyists.
Amazon, Juruá, Moa (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding This genus feeds on wood, and should have several pieces, preferably several kinds of wood to chew on. Aside from wood, a mainly vegetarian diet is recommended, prepared food such as algae wafers and fresh vegetables, such as courgette (zucchini) and tubers such as potato or sweet potato (yams).
Furniture Rock piles are optional and wood tangles are a must. Plants are not vital and will be nibbled or destroyed.
Suggested Tankmates Works well with most types of peaceful community fish. Can be somewhat territorial towards conspecifics, but given enough hiding spaces, a group can be kept in a suitable size aquarium - roughly requiring a 30 x 30cm area per fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2022 Jan 22 10:35 (species record created: 2008 Dec 28 04:19)