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Scientific Name Panaque cochliodon  (Steindachner, 1879)
Common Names Blue Eyed Royal Pleco
Blue Eyed Pleco
Type Locality Río Cauca, Magdalena River drinage, Colombia.
Pronunciation pan ah KAY. - cock LEE oh don
Etymology The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. cochliodon from the Latin, coclea (coch-), for spoon, and the Greek, odon, for tooth in reference to the shape of the teeth.
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Panaque is identified by the teeth, which are spoon-shaped. This means that the teeth are noticeably wider at the tip than at the base. Other loricariidae have teeth that are similar width all the way from one end to the other. A second distinguishing feature is the lack of a buccal papilla, which is a "flap of skin" on the inside of the mouth. See pictures in this PDF on Pterygoplichthys.
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Distribution Cauca and Magdalena River basins, Colombia.
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Magdalena, Cauca (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Magdalena (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Near Threatened, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
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Feeding All Panaque appear to feed on wood, so wood should be present in the tank. They also take prepared algae wafers and fresh vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, peas, green beans) and tubers (potato, yams and similar).
Furniture Natural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
Compatibility Generally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 16 (no. 18) (for 17 July 1879), pp 194.
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Last Update 2020 Apr 23 23:22 (species record created: 2002 Jun 13 00:00)