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Scientific NamePanaque cochliodon  (Steindachner, 1879)
Common NameBlue Eyed Royal Pleco
Type LocalityRío Cauca, Magdalena River drinage, Colombia.
Pronunciationpan ah KAY. - cock LEE oh don
EtymologyThe 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.
IdentificationThe 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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DistributionCauca and Magdalena River basins, Colombia.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingAll 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).
FurnitureNatural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
CompatibilityGenerally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
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ReferencesAnzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien v. 16 (no. 18), pp194.
Registered Keepers(1) Caracal, (2) oneoddfish, (3) SonoAngel, who also notes: "My favourite, messiest ever fish. Loved him to bits. Most of the times I put my hand into water and moved the bogwood, he allowed to me taken into hand. And if carrot or cuccumber held, she would sit on my hand and scrubb the food for ages. Sadly one day noticed, it came out and started shaking. It looked like it's getting nerves paralized, spreadding it's fins wide. And than it frozed like that, very stiff. No other sighn of any infection or disease. Cried like child. If anyone recogize this symptoms pls let me know. Can't afford to buy one no as these species go around £1000.", (4) Milo, who also notes: "1 male approx 35cm. (Need a female.... :-D )", (5) Mountain (k: 3), (6) Aqua-Amazon (k: 10), (7) Clump Fubbler.

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Last Update2014 Jan 09 11:10 (species record created: 2002 Jun 13 00:00)