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Scientific Name Panaqolus albomaculatus  (Kanazawa, 1958)
Common Names LDA031, Mustard Spot Pleco
Orange Spot Pleco
Type Locality Río Pucuno, tributary of Río Suno, upper Río Napo basin, 0°47'S, 77°16'W, Napo Province, Ecuador.
Synonym(s) Panaque albomaculatus
Pronunciation pan ack oh luss - al bow mak u LAT uss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. This specific epithet refers to its white(albus=white) spots(maculo, -atus=spot, speckle).
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Size 124mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Although it sports a common colouration, the wide spaces spots of this fish when young and its distinctive body shape help as pointers to ID.
Sexing Mature males develop long interopercular spines and furry-like hair fine body denticles.
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Distribution South America: Headwaters of the Napo, Marañon and Ucayali rivers.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza, Bobonaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo, Upper Napo, Suno (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pucuno (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Chichirota (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2014.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 26.0-33.0°C or 78.8-91.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Sinking pellets, live and frozen worm type foods.
Furniture Bogwood is preferred to stone.
Compatibility Peaceful.
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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Copeia 1958 (no. 4), pp 327, Fig. 1.
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Last Update 2021 Sep 01 14:52 (species record created: 2001 Nov 17 00:00)