Named by Armbruster, Lujan
& Taphorn in their paper of 2007 as Hypancistrus
debilittera (L129) along with three other species,
which was first thought to beH.
is now a different species),H.
Fully grown adults can be very pale in colouration
against the more brightly patterned juveniles and
sub-adults. Similar to the Panaque/Panaqolus
and Peckoltia genera but have fewer and larger
teeth in the lower and upper jaw. Sexual Differences:
Males posses a broader and longer head and odontodes
on the posterior part of the body, behind the gill
covers and on the pectoral fin spines. The latter
two are a lot shorter in the females. Aquarium
Care:No problem with keeping
in groups but only one Hypancistrus species
to a tank as there has been reports of hybridisation.
Diet: Omnivores, juveniles are keen
on vegetable foods whereas adults are less so. Frozen
foods such as brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and mussels
as well as tablet foods.
Upper Río Orinoco, between Puerto Ayacucho
and San Fernando de Atabapo.
Armbruster, J.W., N.K.
Lujan and D.C. Taphorn, 2007
Four new Hypancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae)
from Amazonas, Veneuzela. Copeia (1):62-79. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p