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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L201)   
Common Names L201, Orinoco Angel Pleco
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. 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to Hypancistrus inspector and H. contradens. H. inspector is different in that it has a black stripe on the edge of the caudal and dorsal fin. H. contradens has a higher body than H. sp(L201).
Sexing Mature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
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Distribution Upper Río Orinoco near Minicia and Rio Ventuari.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Unlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
Furniture Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
Compatibility Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
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 availble.
Breeding Breeds in typical Hypancistrus manner, male guards eggs in a cave. Fry have smaller spots than comparable sized H. contradens.
Breeding Reports There are 24 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2015 Feb 06 01:06 (species record created: 2001 Aug 27 00:00)