|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypostomus margaritifer (Regan, 1908)|
|Common Names||Yellow Spotted Hypostomus
Gelbgepunkteter Hypostomus (Germany)
|Type Locality||Rio Piracicaba, San Paulo, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Hypostomus butantanis, Plecostomus margaritifer|
|Pronunciation||hi POSS tow muss - mar gar IT if err|
|Etymology||Greek, hypo = under + Greek, stoma = mouth.|
- CotM 1999 August
|Size||180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Very similar to H. regani from the same river. H. margaritifer is deeper bodied and generally more chunky.|
|Sexing||Unknown although examination of the genital area in a group of large adults should show differences.|
|Distribution||São Paulo, Brazil
La Plata, Paraná, Upper Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Slightly soft water is preferable.|
|Feeding||Most greens are accepted (cucumber and courgette / zucchini seem favourite), but this fish loves to chew on dead fish and will accept most sinking foods once acclimatized.|
|Furniture||Plants must be well rooted and protected by rock work to avoid accidental up-rooting. Rocks and Bogwood do well, especially large rounded rock. This fish is equally happy on sand or large pea-shaped substrate.|
|Compatibility||As with most large Loricariids, this is a territorial but otherwise peaceful fish. It can be mixed with small fish more easily than other large catfish. Once an appropriate size, will withstand the rigours of an American Cichlid tank.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Anything from tetras to large cichlids, preferably South American, but will mix with all sizes of community fish - be careful adding it with other large catfish that everyone has room to grow.|
|Breeding||Unknown - a real challenge!|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1907 (pt 4) - pp796 - Pl. 47 (fig. 2)|
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|Last Update||2004 Oct 02 00:00 (species record created: 2002 Feb 25 00:00)|