species that is caught in the lower courses of the Rio Xingu
in Brazil and does not match up with any of the L-numbers are
usually given the common name of Hypancistrus sp. "Lower
Rio Xingu". There are different wavy line patterns in individual
species. There is a thought that this species may be L173 which
at the moment (2012) is thought to be a colour variant of Hypancistrus
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.