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Scientific Name Lamontichthys filamentosus  (LaMonte, 1935)
Common Names Kite Pleco
Dragesugemalle (Denmark), Filament Stoerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Near Envira, near mouth of Rio Embira, tributary of River Tarauaca, itself a tributary to Rio Jurua, Amazonas, Brazil.
Type Locality Notes Latitude and longitude data in original description.
Synonym(s) Harttia filamentissima, Harttia filamentosa
Pronunciation lamb ont ICK thiss - fill ah men toe suss
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Size 167mm or 6.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification In all species of Lamontichthys, there is one pectoral fin spine and seven pectoral fin rays on each fin, as opposed to the rest of Loricariinae species which have one pectoral fin spine and only six pectoral fin rays.

Even in quite rough shipping this species holds on to its characteristic trailing dorsal, pectoral and caudal fin filaments which set this species apart from congeners. Is reported to have a semi circular (versus semi-oval in at least S. stibaros) lower lip, but as this feature can be sexually dimorphic in many loricariinae, doubt must be cast over the reliability of this characteristic.
General Remarks Most aquarium specimens are exported out of Iquitos, Peru.
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Distribution South America: Western Amazon River basin.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Juruá (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 22.0-24.0°C or 71.6-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Strong current is enjoyed despite the fishes somewhat fragile appearance.
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Feeding Often this species fades away after a few months of captivity and this is down to feeding habits. It requires fast, oxygenated water but will only eat from flat surfaces. Algae is ''processed'' for the tiny microorganisms within and this is very hard to replicate in the aquarium. Success lies in weaning this fish onto prepared foods and this can be achieved by experimenting with water flow and tank decoration to create areas of strong current and quieter feeding areas.
Furniture Lots of long sweeping pieces of driftwood, broad flat stones and (especially for younger fish) long flat leaved plants such as Vallisneria.
Compatibility Peaceful and reasonably well mannered with conspecifics.
Breeding Evers and Seidel report a captive spawning by Dani Madörin of the Zoo Aquarium, Basel, Switzerland.

A short summary; breeding tank was 280l filtered at 4000l/h. The current of the pump was directed to the back of the tank. Here the fish secretively spawned (on the glass) hardly visible behind stones and wood.

The spawning group consisted of 5 fish, 4 full size and 1 smaller (12cm) individual that turned out to be the male that spawned.

Two weeks before spawning, water changes were made every second day, at which conductivity dropped. Water values at the time of spawning: 27°C, conductivity 50µs/cm, pH 7.3

Around 45 - 50 eggs were laid that ranged in size from 3.7 to 3.9mm. These hatched after 8 days producing 12mm long fry 12mm (+1mm filament).>BR>
Eggs and fry bigger than Sturisoma fry with extremely round heads .

Unfortunately the youngsters died some weeks after due to an inadvertent oversight on the part of the aquarist. Ref: Evers, H. G. & Seidel, I. 2002 Wels Atlas Band 1 Mergus Verlag, Melle 860 S.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference American Museum Novitates No. 784, pp 5, Fig. 4.
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Last Update 2021 Jul 29 01:59 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)