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Hypostomus taphorni (Lilyestrom, 1984)

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ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Placed in the Hypostomus 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. Sexual differences: Males grow larger and sport longer fins. Aquarium Care: Adults are rather intolerent towards other large Loricariid catfishes. Will 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: Redescribed and included in Hypostomus cochliodon species group in Armbruster (2003a).

Common Name:



Cochliodon taphorni




South America: Cuyuni River basin, Essequibo drainage, Venezuela (Armbruster, 2003a), Rupununi River and Takutu River basins, Guyana (Armbruster & de Souza, 2005). Type locality: Río Botanamo, cerca del puente en la vía a Bochinche, Edo, Bolívar, Venezuela.


23cm. (9ins)


24-27°c (75-81°f.)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Weber, C., 2003. Loricariidae - Hypostominae (Armored catfishes). p. 351-372. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil.
Armbruster W. Jonathan; 2003. The species of the Hypostomus cochliodon group (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) Zootaxa 249: 1-60 (2003) www.mapress.com/zootaxa
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2015.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 11/2017 )



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