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Hemiancistrus subviridis Werneke, D. C., M. H. Sabaj, N K. Lujan, and J W. Armbruster. 2005.

Image contributors to this species:

Danny Blundell (2) Allan James (5) Damnyankee (1) Yann Fulliquet (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (6)

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Only recently been described by the above authors (2005). Green phantom plecos are actually two species, Baryancistrus (Baryancistrus demantoides) and the other Hemiancistrus subviridis from Southern Venezuela. Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7. Distinguished from all other ancistrins by colouration, lacking a connection between the dorsal and adipose fins (which B.demantoides possess) and having less than 30 teeth per jaw ramus. Found most frequently in cracks and interstitial spaces of granitic rocks in flowing water. Aquarium Care: As with the Peckoltia species they are no problem to keep and seem to be non-aggressive in a group of individuals. Should be kept in warm and soft to medium hard waters. Diet: Vegetarian with added tablet foods and fine to mediam sized live and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae and brine shrimp.

Common Name:

L200, Lemon Spotted Green Pleco, Green Phantom Pleco






Venezuela: Amazonas, upper Orinoco drainage


25.0cm. (10ins)


22-25°c (71-77°f.)




www.auburn.edu/academic/science_math/res_area/loricariid/fish_key /Baryan/baryan.html
Werneke, D. C., M. H. Sabaj, N K. Lujan, and J W. Armbruster. 2005.  Baryancistrus  demantoides and Hemiancistrus subviridis, two new uniquely colored species of  loricariids from Venezuela (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Neotropical Ichthyology, 3 (4): 533–542.



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