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Scientific NamePanaque cf. nigrolineatus   
Common NamesL330, Watermelon Pleco
Pronunciationpan ah KAY.
EtymologyThe generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. 
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Size 400mm or 15.7" 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.

Exact same shape as P. nigrolineatus but with a spotted rather than striped pattern which remains more or less constant as the fish grows.
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Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingClassic ''pleco diet'' of greens. Can be acclimatized onto most vegetables; tinned peas seem a favourite. The fish also appear to eat bogwood. Some prepared foods should also be offered to supplement this diet.
FurnitureNatural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
CompatibilityGenerally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
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Registered Keepers(1) Dave Rinaldo (k: 2), (2) Cory-Diddi, (3) arapaima, (4) clunkster, (5) mikelouth, (6) Oliver D. (k: 3), (7) Freakdaddy (p: 2), (8) einstein-a-go-go, (9) soltarii007, (10) catfishgrrl, (11) Suckermouth, (12) teddyman5, (13) gemjunkie, (14) simonas, (15) Dex (k: 3), (16) greg61 (p: 4), (17) weisel, (18) pureplecs, (19) Algaedarling, (20) 78bill, (21) mrwickedweasel (p: 2, k: 2), (22) dragonfish, (23) novice, (24) fusco (k: 2), (25) jiapei, (26) Caracal (k: 2), (27) DiscusDror, (28) Turbo (k: 2), (29) drpleco (k: 2), (30) Neri2495, (31) EHEIM~ADDICT (p: 2), (32) cory777, (33) 2wheelsx2, (34) Nat, (35) Torb, (36) alasia, (37) sfchoong, (38) warrior_wolf73, (39) aquaoahu, (40) upc239, (41) cbudz (k: 2), who also notes: "Very territoral when large !", (42) Bary7 (p: 2), (43) Hapahound1971, (44) kamlam (p: 2), (45) tiffanyjayne, (46) gforcefx, (47) knirper, (48) Brisch, (49) eyal8a, (50) Koltsix, (51) Michael_Wanga, (52) johnarmstrong, (53) MADRacing, (54) stezatois, (55) sem87, (56) lizimal, (57) jonhybravo2, who also notes: "I currently am down to only one of these awesome fish. Love the fact that they are slow growers. It is not spotted but is still a site to look at.", (58) PlecosAndLoaches, (59) girema, (60) ThomasTheFish, (61) leberruyer, (62) Milo, (63) ChrisScholes260, (64) chaim76, (65) EnolaGaye, (66) HenkeP, (67) plecoed78, (68) nslott, (69) jtizzle, who also notes: "Very shy fish. Coolest cat I have though.", (70) reardons, who also notes: "Mine does not have the spots on it's entire front, only near the tail and all over the underside. It was approx. 115mm at purchase and is approx. 175mm currently. Dines almost exclusively on driftwood, and will eat the occasional shrimp pellet.", (71) Kruijf, (72) Mario, (73) dmfd0331, (74) panakhy.

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Last Update2013 Sep 09 09:03 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)