lash by name and
flash by looks!, that is the subject of this months
(Nov. 2010) factsheet. A very nice looking member
of the Loricariidae family and as not yet has not
been named to species so it has had the L-number of
L204 since February 1996 from the DATZ magazine pages
As of July 2013 this species has now been described
by Lujan, Steele & Velasquez as Panaqolus
albivermis. The specific name of albivermus
meaning; alba = white and vermis
= worm, relating to the white to yellow lines on the
albivermis - adult
There is an actual school
of thought, mainly in Germany, that the smaller
Panaques are actually Panaqolus and the
larger species are Panaque (now seperate
genera's). The differences are that Panaque
have an oval shaped mouth and the jaws have very
large spatulate teeth with a single cusp, arranged
in a v form and Panaqolus have a small
number of spatulate teeth and are also smaller.
The juveniles of this species
have a very bold pattern of light stripes which
form into spots and stripes with age as can be seen
on the above image and the juvenile markings shown
in the image below.
albivermis - juvenile
Tank set-up should contain
wood of some description as the Panaques need this
in their diet. Plants will not work too well as
they will be eaten so plenty of wood scattered around
the tank with a few caves for spawning activities
on a sand or small rounded gravel bed will do just
fine. Provide strong aeration due to the higher
Middle to upper Rio Ucayali drainage.
Oval mouth region with a small
number of spatulate teeth with a single cusp, arranged
in a V.
Juveniles will sport white
stripes on a black body but this will often break
up into spots/thinner stripes when maturing into adulthood.
The base colour is dark brown with yellow thin vertical
Care & Compatibility
Peaceful Loracariids that
will co-exist with fishes that like temperatures on
the higher side. Will co-exist fine with shoaling
Tetra's or small Cichlids. Will get slightly territorial
Plenty of water
changes seem to be the catalyst for the breeding of
this species. Male will
make a home in the cave
and the female will visit where
up to 70 eggs will be laid. The female will be ejected
by the male and he will care for the eggs. After the
fry have used up their yolk sac they can be fed with
pleco tablets and will also graze, like their parents
on soft wood provided by the aquarist.
Males posses a broad head and
odontodes on the posterior part of the body, behind
the gill covers and on the pectoral spines. The latter
two are a lot shorter in the females.
All Panaque (Panaqolus)
are wood eaters so would need this in an aquarium
set-up. Feed also vegetable foods such as cucumber
and courgette (zucchini) and sinking tablets.
Panaqolus:The name "olus" meaning
small, as in small Panaque. albivermis:
alba = white
and vermis = worm, relating to the
white to yellow lines on the body.
I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes,
Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.
NK, S Steele & M Velasquez,
2013. A new distinctively banded species of Panaqolus
(Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the western Amazon
Basin in Peru. Zootaxa 3961: 192–198.