The differences between the Panaqolus
and the Panaque genera is that the latter has an oval
shaped mouth and the jaws have very large spatulate teeth with
a single cusp, arranged in a v form and Panaqolus have
a small number of spatulate teeth and are also a smaller genus.
P. albomaculatus individuals from different localities
can differ in the size and colour of the spots. The top thumbnail
specimen is likely to come from Ecuador while the next two down
show the colour pattern of the species from Peru. Aquarium
care: Peacfull in the aquarium but not suitable for
planted tanks as they are plant eaters. Diet:
All Panaques and also the Panaqolus genera are
wood eaters so would need this in an aquarium set-up. Feed also
vegetable foods such as cucumber, courgette (zucchini) and sinking
tablets. Sexing: Males have long interopercular
spines and their body is adorned with hair-like spines.
LDA31, Orange Spot Pleco
of the Rio Suno. Peru: Headwaters of the Napo,
Marañon and Ucayali rivers.
All L-Numbers Datz Special. www.datze.de Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes,
Ettlingen, Germany 208 p