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Scientific Name Dekeyseria sp. (L052)   
Common Names L052, Flounder Pleco
Butterfly Pleco
Type Locality Rio Orinoco Basin
Pronunciation dee key SEAR ee ah
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to D. brachyura but in L052 the stripes are less clearly separated and form a network pattern in adults. The ground colour of D. brachyura is more orange when you compare them directly. Some authors report that L052 doesn't have a night-time / stress alternative colouration akin to that exhibited by D. brachyura, but this is refuted by other keepers of this fish and cannot be considered reliable.

The following data was recorded from an adult male specimen:
SL 97.0 mm
TL 121.0 mm
Dorsal: I,7
Pectorals: I,6
Pelvic: I,5
Anal: 4
Interopercular spines: coloured yellowish and straight. The very ends of these spines are curved like a hook and are a red / pink in color.
Sexing Mature males have substantial odontodes both on the thick pectoral ray and the posterior part of the body. The male also have a broader head than the female.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Orinoco Basin
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Atabapo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 5.8 - 6.8
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Water should be soft and a little bit acidic to attempt breeding.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Tablet food, vegetarian foods, wood and insect larvae.
Breeding Cave breeders with broods varying between 50 to 120 eggs. The eggs take a long time to develop and hatch (9-10 days). The fry are well developed and are almost without yolk sac. The fry are very fast growing.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Last Update 2015 May 05 12:55 (species record created: 2002 Nov 30 00:00)