|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus sp. (L401)|
|Common Names||L401, Rio Curua Pleco|
|Pronunciation||hype an siss truss|
|Etymology||A contraction of the Greek hypo (meaning less than) and ancistrus, an allusion to the reduced number of teeth (particularly in the lower jaw) found in this genus.|
|Identification||This species is being sold as L333 Hypancistrus sp. 'Alenquer' but isn't the same as L333 from the Rio Xingu. It appears "Alenquer" comes from Rio Curuá on the north side of Rio Amazonas - it may turn out to be the same species as L318 (assuming L318 is described).|
|Sexing||Mature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.|
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Curuá (Amazon) (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Feeding||Unlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.|
|Furniture||Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.|
|Compatibility||Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Small tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when available.|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Zebra46 (k: 10), (2) gemjunkie, (3) NHL, (4) Yann (k: 5), (5) drgold (k: 2), (6) ali12345, (7) thegeeman, (8) Barbie, (9) L number Banana, who also notes: "ID'd on forum but fish is older, so still iffy.
Size is approximate.
Much more comfortable now coming out in the daytime and browsing around the tank.", (10) jac (k: 5), (11) buller42 (k: 10), (12) chris1932 (k: 5), (13) drd, (14) X-Tank, (15) elmar (k: 2), (16) PlecoCrazy (k: 5), (17) Nanu156, (18) Jatze, (19) lmarques (k: 3), (20) Raina, (21) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 4), (22) djtonyel, (23) seba089, (24) krzys (k: 4), (25) stephan333, (26) Zulan (p: 2), (27) Bjørn, (28) husky_jim, (29) saor alba, (30) junglejason, (31) DarrenH, (32) CodOnMyRod, (33) Vierrollenfreak, (34) Alta, (35) Tamcon83 (p: 2, k: 7), (36) PlecosAndLoaches, (37) Jost, (38) john h, (39) Junglejason, (40) Evolution Stu (p: 2), (41) PaperDoves (p: 2, k: 2), (42) Lutt, (43) dpfs.|
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|Breeding Reports||(1) husky_jim (b: 49), (2) Zulan (b: 40), (3) Lutt (b: 9).|
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|Last Update||2007 Dec 17 15:31 (species record created: 2006 Dec 09 03:59)|