|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus lunaorum Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007|
|Type Locality||Río Guapuchi, first major riffle complex, Río Ventrari drainage, 4°07'00''N, 66°46'00''W, Amazonas, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||hype an siss truss - loo nah au rum|
|Etymology||A 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.|
|Size||120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Sexing||Mature 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.|
|Distribution||Upper 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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|Temperature||23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Unlike 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.|
|Furniture||Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.|
|Compatibility||Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Small 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.|
|Breeding||Breeding has been accomplished under the following conditions:
110 liter tank
The tank was decorated with wood and rocks.
Heavy circulation and filtration.
|Breeding Reports||There is but a single breeding report, read it here.|
|Reference||Copeia 2007 (no. 1), pp 74, Figs. 1B, 8.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 25 13:06 (species record created: 2002 Aug 06 00:00)|