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Hypancistrus sp. (L004)

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (1) Yann Fulliquet (7) Nick Ridout (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = genus

Other Sources:

Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Similar to the Panaque/Panaqolus and Peckoltia genera but have fewer and larger teeth in the lower and upper jaw. There can be differences in the colour and size of the spotted pattern in this species. 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. Remarks: L004 and L005 are one and the same species. L005 is the adult form of L004. Similar forms are L028 and L073. The fry pictures in the thumbnail gallery are  from a spawning by Swiss aquarist, Yann Fulliquet, and his article (ScotCat Sources) depicts the spawning of L028.

Common Name:

Angelicus Pleco, L004, L005, L028, L073






Brazil: Pará, Rio Tocantins (Cametá)


12cm. (4¾ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




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



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