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.
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. Update2022: There are now line breeding
projects going on with this species especially in
Japan where the names are exotic such as " candy
stripe" and "super whites". For more
information on this you can purchase a specially named
publication, "Hypancistrus sp. L236 - A legend
in the hobby" by the famous aquarist and explorer
Hans-Georg Evers. ISBN 978-986-97406-7-8.
Rio Iriri (an affluent of the Xingu).
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p.