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Scientific Name Panaqolus purusiensis  (LaMonte, 1935)
Common Name
Type Locality Near mouth of Rio Macauhan, tributary of River Yaco (or Iaco), itself a tributary to Rio Purus, 9°20'S, 69°W, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Panaque purusiensis
Pronunciation pan ack oh luss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. Purusensis: "from Purus", in refernece to the main river, to which the type location is a tributary.
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Size 110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Like all members of the genus, males grow elongated interopercular odontodes during the breeding season. Males develop noticeable odontodes along the dorsum (back of the body) as well. Males develop small pointed genital papillae, whereas mature females will have large, rounded, swollen papillae. Additionally, gravid females have noticeably wider bodies between the pectoral and pelvic fins when viewed from above, compared to males.
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Distribution South America: Macauá River basin in upper Purus drainage, Brazil.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus, Macauá (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 This genus feeds on wood, and should have several pieces, preferably several kinds of wood to chew on. Aside from wood, a mainly vegetarian diet is recommended, prepared food such as algae wafers and fresh vegetables, such as courgette (zucchini) and tubers such as potato or sweet potato (yams).
Furniture Rock piles are optional and wood tangles are a must. Plants are not vital and will be nibbled or destroyed.
Suggested Tankmates Works well with most types of peaceful community fish. Can be somewhat territorial towards conspecifics, but given enough hiding spaces, a group can be kept in a suitable size aquarium - roughly requiring a 30 x 30cm area per fish.
Breeding A cave breeder, the male looks after the eggs and fry until the fry are ready to fend for themselves as miniature copies of the adults.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference American Museum Novitates No. 784, pp 4, Fig. 3.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 05 14:27 (species record created: 2012 Nov 20 16:55)