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Scientific Name Hypostomus mutucae  Knaack, 1999
Common Names LDA010, Mutuca Pleco
Mutuca-sugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Rio Mutuca, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.
Pronunciation hi POSS tow muss - moo took aye
Etymology Greek, hypo = under + Greek, stoma = mouth. Mutucae: refers to the Rio Mutuca where the species was collected.
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A dwarf species within the genus, the base color is greenish golden brown atop a white abdomen without spots. Large dark brown spots on the fins. Brown spots on the trunk are larger than on the head and in two or three vertical rows below the dorsal fins; numerous small brown spots on the snout. Oft labelled as LDA09, which is an all-over large spotted species.
Sexing Not easy unless you can see the genital papilla which is small in this species.
General Remarks A mainly nocturnal species.
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Distribution South America: Cuiabá River basin, Brazil.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay, Cuiabá, Claro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay, Cuiabá, Coxipo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay, Upper Paraguay, Cuiabá, Coxipo, Mutuca (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
pH 6.2 - 7.6
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Conductivity around 2.36 microsiemens
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Feeding Mostly vegetarian, feed them vegetables, commercially prepared food such as tablets, best with Spirulina. Frozen or live food can be given once in a while but should not form the main diet
Furniture A strong current over rounded rocks sitting on a sandy base. Use driftwood for shade as opposed to caves.
Compatibility A good citizen, neither very large nor territorial.
Suggested Tankmates Generally best kept with rheophilic fish.
Breeding Unreported in the home aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Tropical Fish Hobbyist v. 47 (no. 11), pp 102, Figs. unnumbered.
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Last Update 2022 Feb 03 10:15 (species record created: 2002 Aug 15 00:00)