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Hypancistrus sp. (L236)

Image contributors to this species:

Haakon Haagensen (5) Marcel Leider (3)

ScotCat Sources:

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: L236 is quite rare and not seen very often in imports as they are quite a stunning species and as such are snapped up as soon as they come on the market. Has a variable colour pattern with a white base colour with irregular black lines.

Common Name:





Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America: Rio Iriri (an affluent of the Xingu)


12cm. (4¾ins)


26-30°c (79-87°f.)


6.0 -7.0.


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



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