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Scientific NameOtocinclus vestitus  Cope, 1872
Common Name(s)Silver Otocinclus
Ohrgitter-Harnischwels (Germany)
Type LocalityTributaries of Río Ambyiacu [Ampiyacu] near Pebas, ca. 3°40'S, 71°45'W, Depto. Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciationauto SINK luss
EtymologyGreek, ous, oto = ear + Latin, cinclus = latticework; in allusion to the holes of the head in the ears. 
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Size 32mm or 1.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingFemales are larger and broader especially when viewed from above.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon and lower Paraná River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Lower Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature25.0-30.0°C or 77-86°F (Show species within this range)
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BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesProc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. v. 23 283 Pl. 4 (figs. 2a-c)
Registered Keepers(1) deathjelly (k: 3), (2) foffo (k: 5), (3) themarsh1369, (4) soobie123 (k: 2), who also notes: "Two of the three fish I bought out of the Oto tank at Petsmart, not realizing they weren't all the same species.", (5) alyosha (p: 2), (6) catxx (k: 3), (7) briztoon (k: 13), (8) iam1ru12 (k: 5), (9) GABear, (10) otoguppylover, (11) reneb (k: 3), (12) Coryman, (13) tunafish (k: 2), (14) ecelma, (15) Anthonyck (k: 3), who also notes: "Lost the larger one in about two days, as it was jot the best shape. The smaller one, despite being a good 10mm smaller than the larger Huaorani, chases and seems to harass them. I hope to find more of this species and move the into the 20gal, particularly once it gets a bit more with algae. Added two more 6/26/11.", (16) snowflake311, (17) Yofman (k: 10), (18) ellohcee, (19) Apostolis (k: 8), (20) flipperfeet, (21) technogeek (k: 10), (22) Coriequest (k: 3), who also notes: "Two parents and their offspring", (23) Shazray, (24) lurch1000 (k: 4), (25) Cory Ben, (26) Tropicalfish12 (k: 3), (27) Valb68 (k: 3), (28) schant (k: 35), (29) Mol_PMB (k: 5), (30) lynja321, (31) justinkaseman, (32) nytenoir (k: 8), (33) sleepyhead, (34) Thierry32 (k: 3), (35) Scott27 (k: 4), (36) homerno1, (37) Tocinoyhuevos.

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Last Update2013 Jul 09 02:11 (species record created: 2002 Jun 07 00:00)