The body shape
of Scobiancistrus aureatus is described as being elongate
and flattened and the body is completely covered with small spines.
The mouth is described as being inferior with lips forming a disc-like
shape and the teeth are arranged in rows. The eyes have a peg-shaped
iris lobe which is typical of most species of Loricariid. The
adipose fin consists of a spiny projection which supports a membrane.
S.aureatus has distinctive nasal flutes. Aquarium
Care: Scobiancistrus aureatus is an ideal addition
to an aquarium containing such fish as South American cichlids,
discus and angelfish, just as long as the other occupants are
not too aggressive and can withstand the higher water temperatures.
They will get territorial as they mature. Sexual Diffences:
The males tend to be more slender and larger than the females.
The males tend to develop bristles around the cheeks and head,
with larger spines or odontodes being present along the leading
edge of the pectoral fin ray. Diet: Readily accepts
a mixed and varied diet which includes sinking foods such as catfish
pellets, frozen bloodworm and any other good quality foods which
sink to the substrate. These catfish also have a preference to
feed upon meatier foods such as dead fish, mussels and prawns.
Pleco, Sunshine Pleco, L014
namely the Rio Xingu and Para in Brazil. The type locality for
Scobiancistrus aureatus is documented as being the
Ihla da Fazenda.
no. 122. August 2006.
aureatus Head view
aureatus Showing teeth with
two spatulate cusps