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Dekeyseria scaphirhyncha  (Kner, 1854)   

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Yann Fulliquet (3)

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The Dekeyseria genera possess broad and flattened heads. Both sexes have odontodes to the pectoral and caudal spines with the males being somewhat longer. Some authors (Seidel 2008) place the Dekeyseria genus as Zonancistrus and state these species as being in the Dekeyseria brachyura group. Aquarium Care: Whatever their true placing's they are relatively easy to keep in the aquarium. If you keep them in soft acid water they will sport their natural colours as seen in the supplied images. If the water is too hard their colours will be somewhat muted and they will take on a fright pattern. Diet: Omnivorous, veg, tablet and fine frozen foods. Breeding: Has been bred in the hobby and the female will lay her eggs in pipework.

Common Name:

Flat Head Pleco, L151, L216


Ancistrus scaphirhynchus, Peckoltia scaphyrhyncha


Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America : Upper course of the Rio Orinoco and the middle to lower Rio Amazon.


21cm. (8ins)


22-25°c (71-77°f.)




Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p



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