Was given the L-number of
L026 in 1989 in the DATZ magazine alongside a number
of similar looking forms until realising that it was
B. niveatus. This species was described in
1855 by Castelnau. Description: The
Baryancistrus genus are large and high backed.
They have a large suckermouth with a high number of
slender and long stemmed teeth. A small membrane lies
behind the last ray of the dorsal fin which joins
the anal fin. Habitat: Found in shallow
fast flowing areas of water with a stony substrate.
Aquarium Care: Can be problematic,
especially with inexperienced aquarists, not a beginners
fish. As of most of this genera the adults can be
extremely territorial, especially with their own kind
and other species of Baryancistrus. Prefers
higher temperatures. Sexual Differences:
Mature males have a broader and longer head and longer
pectoral fin spines. Diet: Vegetarian
diet such as cucumber and courgette will suffice with
other foods offered such as frozen bloodworm, insect
larvae and prawns/shrimp foods. Remarks:
There appears to be three to four similar looking
species of this genus in the Rio Tocantins but B.
niveatus has a dark brown body with a dense pattern
of whitish spots.
L026, Snowflake pleco.
Hypostomus niveatus, Parancistrus
Tocantins, Xingu, Tapajós and Trombetas River
basins. Type locality: du Rio Araguay,
de la province de Goyaz, Brazil.
All L-Numbers Datz
Special: Habitat, Care & Diet. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Seidel, I.
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p.