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Scientific NameOtocinclus cocama  Reis, 2004
Common NamesZebra Oto
Zebra Otocinclus, Zebra-Ohrgitter-Harnischwels (Germany)
Type LocalityQuebrada Yamayacu, about 4°55'S, 73°43'W, tributary to the caño of the cocha Supay in Jenaro Herrera, Provincia Requena, Departamento Loreto, Peru.
Pronunciationauto SINK luss - koe kah mah
EtymologyGreek, ous, oto = ear + Latin, cinclus = latticework; in allusion to the holes of the head in the ears. Named after the Cocama-Cocamilla Indians that used to be dominant in the lower Ucayali and Marañon rivers.
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Size 42mm or 1.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationEasily distinguished by its distinctive color pattern of vertically elongate blotches and a complete lateral line without the gap plates.
SexingFemales are larger and broader especially when viewed from above.
General RemarksFirst imported in early 2001.
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DistributionPeru: Lower Ucayali and Marañon Rivers.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.5
Temperature21.0-25.0°C or 69.8-77°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingInitially algae, add a shoal to an ''algaefied'' tank and then supplement diet with sinking tablets and the usual cucumbers / lettuce or courgette (zucchini).
FurnitureLarge leafed plants and vertical flat rock surfaces (especially slate). Not essential, but likes bogwood and a large rounded substrate. Live plants seem essential to the long term survival of this fish.
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ReferencesNeotropical Ichthyology v. 2 (no. 3)
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) Yan (p: 2), (3) fred0, (4) chris 1 (k: 3), (5) Bengt F, (6) cranberryroo, (7) JO C (k: 8), (8) Birger Amundsen, (9) andywg (k: 8), (10) PandaPlus (k: 5), (11) glenny (k: 2), (12) ayrtoninst (k: 6), (13) foxweed (k: 4), who also notes: "added 2 on 1-1-10", (14) peterl, (15) (k: 5), (16) vanillarum (k: 7), (17) redwood (k: 4), (18) vega77 (k: 5), (19) matti2uude (k: 6), (20) NC24, (21) Donald (k: 3), (22) Deb, (23) Kampfer, (24) Ibn, (25) madtundra, (26) BallAquatics, (27) gforcefx, (28) [LeX], (29) Melander (k: 3), (30) Shazray, (31) cifinest33rd, (32) crazy4bettas (k: 2), (33) Madtundra01, (34) Catscatfish, (35) Tau, (36) telsonboy, (37) Arron_N (k: 2), (38) parrot1974 (k: 2), who also notes: "Took over an anubia plant and both of them are on there or sometimes on glass or plants. One took a dislike to a large shadow catfish and attacked it. Next day it had haemorrhaging to the mouth and died the following day. I wonder whether this was conspecific aggression.", (39) DHarris, (40) DavidNMaddieHaveCats, (41) lindfieldroy, (42) homerno1, who also notes: "10-12-2016..Lost 1. Was not to good in the LFS Yesterday.", (43) catfishchaos, who also notes: "A joy to watch frolic in the aquarium", (44) Julia_W, (45) KopyKat58, (46) Damian, (47) burgercats (k: 6).

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Breeding Reports(1) unissuh (b: 45).
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Last Update2013 Jul 13 14:41 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)