|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae|
|Common Names||L330, Watermelon Pleco
Plettet Kongesugemalle (Denmark)
|Pronunciation||pan ah KAY.|
|Etymology||The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. Named to honour the co-author, Armando Ortega-Lara’s daughter, Laura Fabiana.|
|Size||400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The 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 from juvenile to sub-adult. Full grown adults are more or less striped sometimes with a few spots.
|Sexing||Males have more yellow colouration at the edges of the unpaired fins. This is only evident in sub-adult specimens or larger.|
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Guaviare (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Feeding||Classic ''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.|
|Furniture||Natural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.|
|Compatibility||Generally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
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|Last Update||2020 Feb 18 23:23 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|