|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus phantasma Tan & Armbruster, 2016|
|Type Locality||Taracuá of the Rio Uaupes, Rio Negro drainage, Amazon basin, Brazil, 0.1°N, 68.46667°W.|
|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||Distinguished from congeners by a color pattern consisting of a tan base coloration with black spots vs. a color pattern consisting of a dark base coloration and light spots or a color pattern consisting of saddles, vermiculations, bands, or stripes. Compared to L174, H. phantasma has smaller black spots which do not coalesce, reaches greater maximum size, and has black edges on its dorsal and caudal fins.|
|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, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Upper Negro, Uaupes (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|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.|
|Breeding||All Hypancistrus are closed cave spawners. Males trap females in the cave, eggs are laid and fertilised after which the male guards them until the fry are free swimming.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||ZooKeys No. 552, pp 124, Fig. 1.|
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|Last Update||2017 Mar 12 12:32 (species record created: 2016 Jan 13 15:17)|