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Scientific NameHypancistrus lunaorum  Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007
Common NameL339
Type LocalityRío Guapuchi, first major riffle complex, Río Ventrari drainage, 4°07'00''N, 66°46'00''W, Amazonas, Venezuela.
Pronunciationhype an siss truss - loo nah au rum
EtymologyA 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. Named in honor of the Luna family, founders of the village of Macurucu on the Orinoco near the mouth of the Ventuari.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingMature 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.
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DistributionUpper Rio Orinoco.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari, Manapiare (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingUnlike 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.
FurnitureSand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
CompatibilitySuitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
Suggested TankmatesSmall 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.
BreedingBreeding has been accomplished under the following conditions:
Temp 27°C
pH 6.5
110 liter tank
The tank was decorated with wood and rocks.
Heavy circulation and filtration.
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ReferencesCopeia 2007(1) 62-79
Registered Keepers(1) henryrus, (2) KAROBA (k: 5), (3) Lars Jamne (k: 7), (4) gem400, (5) Nabobmob1, (6) Koen (k: 2), (7) Colinlock, (8) evojoey, (9) Littleleeper23 (k: 3), who also notes: "Change color on and off from black to emerald green", (10) AMacLeod.

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Breeding Reports(1) Nabobmob1 (b: 38).
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Last Update2013 Jul 24 10:11 (species record created: 2002 Aug 06 00:00)