commonly kept as they do need very diverse conditions
as they reside in the higher mountain ranges
of the Andes in South America. There is
one genus, Astroblepus, with over 50
species recognised with identification of each
species quite difficult. Was once considered
a sub-family of the Loricariidae as they do
posses sucker mouths, but lack the body armour.
Have been known to climb the faces of waterfalls in
their native habitat.