This species was first published
in the magazine DATZ in January 1992 as the L-number
90. Description: 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. Colouration: Juveniles
of P. bathyphilus have a white caudal fin,
but it becomes a little darker on the posterior, as
it matures. A deep river channel species which accounts
for the lack of an iris operculum. The deeper they
reside the less pigmentation on the body.
Aquarium Care: This species is a bit robust
in an aquarium set-up so would need plenty of hiding
places, plenty of water changes, due to their wood
eating habits, and powerfull filtration. Needs a spacious
aquarium. 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.
Papa Panaque, L090
Solimões River (in the Amazon River drainage).
Lujan, NK and CC Chamon
(2008) Two new species of Loricariidae (Teleostei:
Siluriformes) from main channels of the upper and
middle Amazon Basin, with discussion of deep water
specialization in loricariids. Ichthyological Exploration
of Freshwaters 19: 271–282.