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Parotocinclus eppleyi Schaefer & Provenzano, 1993

Image contributors to this species:

Daniel Konn-Vetterlein (2) Ivan Mikolji (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus 

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

To differentiate between Parotocinclus and Otocinclus is comparatively easy as the former has an adipose fin while the latter does not. Aquarium Care: I would suggest a minimum size of 24” x 15” X 12” for a small shoal of these catfish, with plenty of hiding places amongst bogwood and plants. I would suggest good quality aquarium sand such as BD Aquarium Sand, or very smooth rounded gravel as the preferred substrate when keeping these catfish. The aquarium should provide some shelter in the form of rocks or bogwood along with the inclusion of some taller aquatic plants such as Vallis. As with all other species of fish, water quality and general husbandry is very important, and I would recommend that a minimum of 25% water is changed on a weekly basis. Diet: Readily accepts a mixed and varied diet which includes lettuce, cucumber, courgette (zucchini), tablet foods, flake foods, granular foods, frozen bloodworm, to name but a few. Try also to provide rocks covered with algae or other methods like this for this species as they will feed on this, and also the very small microscopic animals that are found amongst the algae.

Common Name:







South America: upper and middle portions of the Rio Orinoco, Venezuela. Type locality: Caño Curicurito, ca. 1 km above its mouth into the Río Autana, Amazonas, Venezuela, 4º47'N, 67º25'W.


3.0cm. (1¼ins)


26-29°c (79-85°f.)




Schaefer, S.A. and F. Provenzano 1993 The Guyana Shield Parotocinclus: systematic, biogeography, and description of a new Venezuelan species (Siluroidei: Loricariidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 4(1):39-56.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Konn-Vetterlein, Daniel: pers comm.



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