Named by Armbruster, Lujan
& Taphorn in their paper of 2007as Hypancistrus
furunculus (L199) along with three other species,
which was first thought to beH.
inspectorand is now a different species), H.
Hypancistrus furunculus can be distinguished
from H. contradens, H. inspector,
and H. lunaorum by having oblique bars on
the anterior part of the body and horizontal bands
in the dorsal fin (vs. white spots); from H.
debilittera by having complete bands in the
dorsal fin (vs. incomplete bands), dark E on snout
distinct (vs. absent or indistinct), anterior dark
bars complete, straight, and distinct (vs. incomplete,
vermiculate, and/or indistinct) and by having the
light bands in the caudal about equal in width with
dark bands (vs. light bands less than half the width
of the dark bands); from H.
by having a tan background color (vs. almost white),
by having only one oblique stripe on the body and
dorsal saddles posteriorly (vs. sides completely with
oblique stripes). 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.
Upper Orinoco drainage. Type Locality:
Venezuela, Amazonas, Cucue Amerindian village on Rio
Orinoco, 60 km E of San Juan de Atabapo.
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.