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Hypostomus sp. (L139)

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

First introduced in the DATZ magazine of Sept. 1993 and given the L-number of 139. The Hypostomus genus has 7 rays to the dorsal fin whereas the similar looking Pterygoplichthys species have 10 dorsal fin rays. Placed in the Hypostoumus cochliodon species group which have a shorter body and more high backed than other members of the Hypostomus. They have a small number of spatulate teeth with a single cusp with the jaws arranged in a V shape. Aquarium Care: Adults are rather intolerent towards other large Loricariid catfishes. Wil give out a lot of waste in the aquarium so frequent water changes are a must. Fairly easy to keep in a larger tank over 4ft (120cm). Diet: Wood eaters so would need soft wood in the aquarium. Food tablets, pellets and vegeatable foods are also taken along with insect larvae. Remarks: A species that is not seen very often in the hobby as this is one of the species that is restricted in catchments in its natural habitat.

Common Name:







South America: Brazil, Pará, Rio Tapajós (Pimental-Itaituba)


30cm. (12ins)


25-29°c (75-85°f.)




Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p
All L-Numbers Datz Special: Habitat, Care & Diet.



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