Usually imported asO.
affinis or O.
vittatus. The caudal fin design separates
it from other Otocinclus species. The upper
and lower caudal fin lobes have two rows of vertical
semicircles. Some specimens have a small gap between
the caudal spot and the band on the caudal peduncle.
Aquarium care: This is a small group
of Loricariids which do well in aquariaand
will keep the algae down without harming the plants
in the tank.Best to keep in a group with
more males for breeding purposes. Breeding:
The females will lay eggs on the plants and tank glass
after the females have been chased around the tank
by the male. Like Corydoras they present
a t-position breeding mode. Diet: Omnivore:
algae, tablet foods, flake and small frozen foods.
South America:Western upper Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Type locality: Trib. to Río
San Miguel (km 50, 4.5 km S of Tipischca), ca. 0º10'N,
76º13'W, Río Amazonas/Napo drainage, Napo,
C.J. Jr., 2007.
Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types.
Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus,
Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005.