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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L174)   
Common Names L174, Plettet Zebrasugemalle (Denmark)
Spotted Zebra 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. 
Article Link - Shane's World Right Reproduction Right L174 and L316, two small and similar Hypancistrus species
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Could be taken for a H. zebra variation. Exhibits stripes on the head like on H. zebra but the rest of the body is covered with black spots, sometimes joined together forming a small wavy line.
Sexing Typical for the genus.
Male: interopercular and pectoral odontodes longer, hard ray of pectoral fins broader, odontodes on body plates, head longer and wider.
Female: smaller size and more round in the ventral.
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Distribution Rio Xingu, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.8 - 7.8
Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Other water parameters are not impotant except for temperature and disolved oxygen levels that should be keep high with a strong current.
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Feeding Mainly carnivorus, live or frozen blood worms, brine shrimp, gammarus Commercial prepared food eaten as well, such as tablets and pellets.
Furniture Fine sand and rocky setup with some driftwood. Caves made out of slate, clay, bamboo or pvc tube. Dim light although plants can be kept as these fish won't touch them.
Compatibility Shy. Territorial towards conspecific and other Loricariidae. If kept with other Loricariidae, they should be about the same range in size and behavior.
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.
Breeding No report so far but should be like that for the other members of the genus. Because of the adult size, a female should lay about 20-30 eggs.
Breeding Reports There are 12 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Reference DATZ 8/1994, pp 533-536.
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Last Update 2022 Jan 19 09:32 (species record created: 2001 May 09 00:00)