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Scientific Name Leporacanthicus joselimai  Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1989
Common Names L264, Sultan Pleco
Type Locality Rio Tapajós, perta de Itaituba, Maloquinha, Est. Pará, Brazil.
Pronunciation lepor ah KAN thi cuss - joe see LIM eye
Etymology Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, akantha = thorn. Named to honour Professor José Lima de Figueiredo of University of Sao Paolo.
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification All Leporacanthicus spp. have a small backwards facing slightly proud blunt thorn-like plate on top of their heads.

Grey with black spots. Juveniles (< 9-10 cm) have white tips on their fins, which fades to yellow as the animals mature.
Sexing Adult males have a much longer and broader head with small odontodes on the sides of head, more odontodes on pectoral fin spine and on the whole body, a bigger dorsal fin and normally a prettier coloration.
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Distribution Brazil: Tapajós
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 25.0-27.0°C or 77-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Sensitive to nitrites and nitrates above 50 mg/l. Prefers neutral or acid pH, but can tolerate mildly hard water.
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Feeding Not a fussy eater. Primarily herbivorous, but appreciates some meat in its diet. Will eat sinking pellets and vegetables such as cucumber, and relishes meaty foods such as krill. According to some reports, in nature it feeds on insect larvae. Fry require more protein in the form of baby brine shrimp, etc.
Furniture Caves and crevices formed by driftwood.
Compatibility Gets on with small lively catfish but avoid too many other larger bottom dwellers (unless space permits) due to the territorial disputes. More active when kept in a group.
Suggested Tankmates Most small to medium community fish. Tetras and South American cichlids are ideal, unless you really go for it when providing a strong water current.
Breeding Documented in the DATZ special issue ''Loricariids 2'' , September 2001.
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Aquar. Terrar. Z.v. 42 (no. 9) - pp546 - Figs. 11, 16-17
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Last Update 2011 Sep 18 03:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)