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Hypancistrus debilittera Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (2) Andrew Campbell (1) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus

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Relevant Information:

Named by Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn in their paper of 2007as Hypancistrus debilittera (L129) along with three other species, H. contradens (L201 which was first thought to be H. inspector and is now a different species), H. furunculus (L199) and H. lunaorum (L339). Fully grown adults can be very pale in colouration against the more brightly patterned juveniles and sub-adults. Similar to the Panaque/Panaqolus and Peckoltia genera but have fewer and larger teeth in the lower and upper jaw. Sexual differences: Males posses a broader and longer head and odontodes on the posterior part of the body, behind the gill covers and on the pectoral fin spines. The latter two are a lot shorter in the females. Aquarium Care: No problem with keeping in groups but only one Hypancistrus species to a tank as there has been reports of hybridisation.  Diet: Omnivores, juveniles are keen on vegetable foods whereas adults are less so. Frozen foods such as brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and mussels as well as tablet foods.

Common Name:







Venezuela: Upper Río Orinoco, between Puerto Ayacucho and San Fernando de Atabapo.


10cm. (4ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




Armbruster, J.W., N.K. Lujan and D.C. Taphorn, 2007 Four new Hypancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from Amazonas, Veneuzela. Copeia (1):62-79.
Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p  



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