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Hypancistrus sp. (L340)

Image contributors to this species:

Yann Fulliquet (13) Andrew Campbell (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus 

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Similar to L129 (Hypancistrus debilittera). Individual specimens can vary in colour and intensity especially in the orange spectrum. 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: Like all Hypancistrus sp. they prefer a meaty diet. Feed frozen foods such as bloodworm and beef heart, live foods such as brine shrimp, white and grindal worms and prepared foods such as sinking tablets and presoaked flake food. When young they seen to prefer a liking for vegetable foods.

Common Name:

L340, LDA19, Mega Clown Pleco




Loricariidae ycipitidae


South America: Rio Tomo, Colombia


10cm. (4ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




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



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