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Hypostomus niceforoi (Fowler, 1943)

Image contributors to this species:

Nathan Lujan (4)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

The Hypostomus genus has 7 rays to the dorsal fin whereas the similar looking Pterygoplichthys species have 10 dorsal fin rays. Aquarium Care: As with most of this genus, will do well in a larger aquarium, although this is one of the smaller species in the genera, and the aquarium well filtered. Water parameters can be quite diverse for this genera. Diet: Omnivore with a liking for green, tablet and frozen foods. Remarks: H. niceforoi was described by Fowler (1943), who used them to honour Brother Nicéforo Maria. Brother Nicéforo was then at the La Salle Institute in Bogota, Colombia, and he shipped many Colombian fish specimens to Fowler at Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences in 1931 and 1932.

Common Name:







South America : Upper Japurá River basin, Colombia. Type Locality: Florencia, Río Orteguasa, Colombia.


13.5cm. (5½ins)


23-29°c (73-85°f.)




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