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Scientific Name Panaque titan  Lujan, Hidalgo & Stewart, 2010
Common Names L418, Shampupa Royal Pleco
Gold-trim Royal Pleco, Grøn Kongesugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Ecuador, Sucumbios Province, Napo River drainage, Apoalla Creek, tributary of the lower Shushufindi River, 0°17'S, 76°27'W
Pronunciation pan ah KAY.
Etymology The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. From the Greek Titan, son or daughter of Uranus and Gaea, representing brute force and large size, masculine.
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Size 394mm or 15.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Panaque is identified by the teeth, which are spoon-shaped. This means that the teeth are noticeably wider at the tip than at the base. Other loricariidae have teeth that are similar width all the way from one end to the other. A second distinguishing feature is the lack of a buccal papilla, which is a "flap of skin" on the inside of the mouth. See pictures in this PDF on Pterygoplichthys.
General Remarks Putu is the Awajun word used to refer to hypostomin loricariids. The Aguaruna usually preface putu with species term. For example nun putu refers to large species of Panaque, shasham putu refers to Panaque albomaculatus; it appears the common name shampupa is a corruption of this term.
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Distribution Known only from relatively large rivers in lowland and piedmont habitats of the Napo River basin, Ecuador
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding All Panaque appear to feed on wood, so wood should be present in the tank. They also take prepared algae wafers and fresh vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, peas, green beans) and tubers (potato, yams and similar).
Furniture Natural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
Compatibility Generally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Copeia 2010, No. 4, 676–704
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Last Update 2018 Jul 08 03:44 (species record created: 2002 Feb 27 00:00)