|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hoplosternum littorale (Hancock, 1828)|
|Common Names||Fork Tailed Hoplo
Atipa-pansermalle (Denmark), Brown Hoplo
|Type Locality||Demerara: Guyana|
|Synonym(s)||Callichthys albidus, Callichthys chiquitos, Callichthys laevigatus, Callichthys littoralis, Callichthys melampterus, Callichthys subulatus, Cascadura maculocephala, Cataphractops melampterus, Hoplosternum laevigatum, Hoplosternum littorale daillyi, Hoplosternum schreineri, Hoplosternum shirui, Hoplosternum stevardii|
|Pronunciation||hop low STERN um - litt oh RAL|
|Etymology||Hoplosternum: From the Greek hoplon, meaning shield and sternum, meaning breast; in reference to the prominent coracoid bones on the breast.|
|Size||210mm or 8.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|General Remarks||Grows to about 2 inches in 2 months; however, rarely exceeds 10 inches.|
|Distribution||South America: Most Cis-Andean South American river drainages north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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|pH||5.9 - 7.2|
|Temperature||18.0-24.0°C or 64.4-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Slightly hard or mildly brackish water - natural habitat 500-2000 microS/cm.|
|Feeding||Shouldn't be hard to feed. Eats insects, insect larvae and even detritus.|
|Breeding||Males build floating nests in vegetation near shore that consist of bubbles covered with plant material. Eggs are released by the female below the nest. The male fertilizes them and then takes them into his mouth and blows them up into the floating nest. Breeding males develop enlarged, red pectoral spines with hooks at the tips that are used to defend territories against other males. The eggs hatch in about four days.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Zool. J. v. 4 244|
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|Last Update||2014 May 11 09:11 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|