triactis Isbrücker, Nijssen & Nico,
contributors to this species:
Dignall (3) Paul Moes (1) Jonas
||The genus Leporacanthicus
is characterised by the possession of having a small suckermouth
with lip barbels on the top and pointed teeth. Leporacanthicus
is readily identifiable from all other Ancistrini by the development
of only two teeth in each premaxilla, the inner teeth being very
long (all other Ancistrini have more than two teeth in the premaxilla),
by having a well-raised supraoccipital crest (the supraoccipital
in most Ancistrini is flat to slightly raised) and by having numerous
long barbels above the upper jaws. It has been hypothesized that
the enlarged teeth of the upper jaw are used to remove snails from
their shells (Burgess 1994). The males have a more elongated body
and a broader head and they also posses short odontodes on the edges
of the snout which the females lack. Aquarium Care:
This fish can be territorial with its own kind and so must have
a big enough aquarium if more than one is kept. Regular water changes
must be adhered to, and also having a powerful filter system that
can deliver a high oxygen content. Hiding places are beneficial
to this fish with bogwood or wood of some description and/or some
rockwork. This beautiful species has been bred in the hobby (see
Factsheet no. 63.).
Diet: Not a true vegetarian
so a wide variety of foods including algae, algae wafers, cucumber
or courgette ( zucchini), prawns, shrimps and tablet food.
L091, Three Beacon Pleco
Amazonas, upper Orinoco basin. Type locality: Venezuela,
Territorio Federal Amazonas, oberer Orinoco, Caño Mavaquita
etwa einen Kilometer flussaufwärts von der Mündung in
den Río Mavaca, ungefähr 2º12'30"N, 65º05'30"W.
All L-Numbers: Habitat, Care & Diet.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes,
recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of
siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 63. Sept. 2001.