Male with fry in cave
Ventral view of head
Fourteen days old
Eight week old fry
Six week old youngster
Male in breeding cave
Female gravid with eggs.
Male guarding fry
Male with erect odontodes
Three week old L260 and four week old L066 (top)
Two day old fry
Three day old fry
Four day old fry
Eight day old fry
Fifteen day old fry
Thirty four day old juveniles
Fifty one day old juveniles
Six month old juveniles
Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
Habitat: Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus sp. (L260) , 1998|
|Common Names||L260, Queen Arabesque Pleco|
|Type Locality||Rio Tapajós, Pará, Brazil|
|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.|
- Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Hypancistrus sp. Queen Arabesque L260
- CotM 2007 September
|Size||90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Similar to L066, but has spots as well as (generally thinner) stripes. Ultimately a smaller, more squat fish than L066. Shares the same colour pattern as Pseudolithoxus tigris (L257).|
|Sexing||Males slightly bigger, longer interopercular, pectoral odontodes than those on the female. Males also have plate odontodes. The hard ray of the pectoral fins are broader, head wider and longer. Males from this species also seems to have a belly that is marble (totally or partially), females however have all white bellies.|
|Distribution||Rio Tapajós, Pará, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.4 - 7.6|
|Temperature||23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Water should not have any nitrites and as few nitrates as possible. Dissolved oxygen level as high as possible. Fast current.|
|Feeding||A definite carnivore, and absolutely not an algae eater. Not picky, take a wide variety of live and frozen food such as bloodworms, brine shrimps, gammarus. Tablets, especially those with high percentage of Spirulina are also recommended.|
|Furniture||Fine sand, as much cave as possible, the one in the current will be the preferred ones. Driftwood but only for aesthetic purpose as they don't chew it. Dim light Plants can be kept as L260 don't eat them.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful but males will be territorial with each other in confined space.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Choose tankmates wisely as these fish do not compete well for food with particularly fast or aggressive tankmates.|
|Breeding||Has been bred in captivity. Follow details in Shane's World article.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 19 breeding reports, read them all here.|
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|Last Update||2010 Apr 11 05:42 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|