Adult collected in Rio Xingu, Brazil
Eight day old fry
Eight week old juveniles (& one LDA01 7 week old)
Ten week old youngsters and already 4cm!
Male on top clearly showing the body odontodes
Male guarding fry
Close-up of mouth
Fry development, one day to six months
Four day old fry
Seven day old
Twelve day old
Seventeen day old
Thirty day old
Six month old juvenile
Eight month old juvenile
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Peckoltia vittata (Steindachner, 1882)|
|Common Names||L015, Candy Striped Pleco
Bolsjesugemalle (Denmark), Xingu-Peckoltia (Germany)
|Type Locality||Amazon R., Tajapouru, Xingu near Moz Port, R. Madeira|
|Synonym(s)||Chaetostomus vittatus, Peckoltichthys kuhlmanni|
|Pronunciation||peck OLE tea ah - vi tat ah|
|Etymology||Peckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. This specific epithet literally means decorated with a ribbon(vittata=decorated with a ribbon) and refers to the bands of colour on its body.|
- Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Peckoltia vittata
|Size||100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||This fish, often labelled 'Candy Striped Peckoltia' has often been confused in hobby literature with the fish we now know as Panaque maccus, the clown pleco [For example, Baensch Atlas Vol. 1 has a picture of Panaque maccus with the label Peckoltia vittata next to it]. As with most Loricariids, colouration depends on mood.|
|Sexing||Males develop small teeth-like odontodes which adorn the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of the fishes body. Females remain unadorned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when the area just behind the pectoral fins is viewed from above.|
|General Remarks||L15 was collected in Brazil in the Rio Xingú at Altamira.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazonas Basin, Middle and Lower Amazonas Basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.6 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||dH range 2-20.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater. Well fed individuals will not damage most plants.|
|Furniture||Rock piles and wood tangles. Plants are not vital.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.|
|Suggested Tankmates||A medium sized pleco that can be combined with a very wide array of tankmates due to its unfussy nature. Perfectly safe with small fishes and shrimp or robust enough to withstand the attention of all but the largest cichlids.|
|Breeding||Has been bred in captivity. Follow details in Shane's World article.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 5 breeding reports, read them all here.|
|References||Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 43 115  Pl. 2 (figs. 5-5a)|
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|Last Update||2018 Sep 27 06:49 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|