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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.
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Size 430mm or 16.9" 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.
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Distribution South America: Orinoco and southern middle and lower Amazon River tributaries.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Guaviare (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 08 11:48 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)