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Scientific Name Panaque suttonorum  Schultz, 1944
Common Names Venezuelan Blue Eye Panaque
Blåøjet Sugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Río Negro below Río Yasa mouth, Santa Ana River drainage, Maracaibo basin, Zulia State, Venezuela.
Synonym(s) Panaque suttoni
Pronunciation pan ah KAY. - sut ton uhr um
Etymology The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. In honour of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Sutton.
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Size 280mm or 11" 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.

The Venezuelan blue eye panaque and the Colombian blue eye Panaque Panaque cochliodon have been confused in the aquarium hobby for years. Because the Venezuelan species is restricted to western and eastern tributaries of Maracaibo Lake, Venezuela it is never imported without this locality information being clear and imports are from Colombia.
Sexing Unknown
General Remarks You will also see this the name P. suttoni used in most hobbyist literature, this has also proved incorrect. According to the rules of the International Code of Zoological nonclamenture, a species named after a man AND woman should end in ''orum''. This fact was only more recently uncovered by Dr. Issac Isbrücker in 2005. The Colombian blue eye panaque and the Venezuelan blue eye panaque are similar in gross morphology and colour. Both have lunate caudal fins, a uniformly gray to black body, and blue eyes. Lujan, Hidalgo, and Stewart (2010) theorize that the two are sister species.
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Distribution South America: western and eastern tributaries of Maracaibo Lake, Venezuela.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2007.
pH 6.2 - 7.5
Temperature 20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dh 4-15.
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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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Reference Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 94 (no. 3172), pp 308, Pl. 10 (fig. B).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 01:38 (species record created: 2002 Jun 13 00:00)