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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L270)  , 1998
Common Names LDA076, Chocolate Zebra Pleco
L270, L307, Tapajos Zebra 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 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Reminiscent of Hypancistrus debilittera (L129), L199, L316 and L340 (likewise representatives of the genus Hypancistrus).
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 Rio Curuá-Una, one of the smaller rivers between the Rio Tapajós and the Rio Xingú, which drains the southern Amazon.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Curuá Una (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Temperature 27.0-30.0°C or 80.6-86°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Various frozen foods (Artemia, red and black mosquito larvae) as well as Spirulina tabs.
Furniture Rocky caves, pipes and tangled wood. Plants are not necessary.
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 available.
Breeding Sexually mature at around 60-80mm.
Breeding Reports There are 10 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference Aqualog (supplement) matches DATZ.
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Last Update 2013 Nov 12 15:42 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)