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Otocinclus vestitus Cope, 1872

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Aquarium care: This is a small group of Loricariids which do well in aquaria and 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. Remarks: Otocinclus vestitus is the type species for this genera and as of 2010 there are 14 valid species and can be told apart from other Otocinclus spp. by the design on the caudal fin. There is a small spot on the caudal peduncle which is bordered by a light zone. There are also two bands in the caudal fin. More information on this species can be found in the Catfish Atlas Volume 1 as referenced.

Common Name:







Bolivia: Dept. Beni, Madeira-Becken, Peru: Rio Ampyiacu, Paraguay: Paraná-Becken


3.5cm. (1½ins)


25-30°c (75-87°f.)




Evers, H.-G. & I.Seidel: Mergus, Baensch Catfish Atlas Volume 1, 1st English edn., 2005. Pp.944.



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