(1) Robin Warne (2) Yann
Fulliquet (7) Melaine Riddell (2)
Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 3 - 4. Ventral
surface from head to anus largely naked in adults,
few small platelets on skin ventral to pectoral girdle.
Lateral plates unkeeled although ventral row may have
moderately elongate odontodes forming 1 or more keel-like
rows on caudal peduncle. Cheek plates with 20-40 hypertrophied
odontodes in adults. Caudal fin emarginate. Lateral
line plates 22-24; below dorsal fin 7-8; interdorsal
3-5; adipose caudal 8-10; postanal 11-13; caudal peduncle
5. Now known as the true Hypancistrus inspector.
Shown in Aqualog and Datz as L201
which is a different species that has a more squat
body shape. H.
lunaorum(L339). Can be confused with H. lunaorum
known for its unusually large eyes, forked tail
and the black edging to the dorsal and caudal fins.
Colouration: Body colouration brown
to black, with large white to yellow spots on the
sides. Similar to the Panaque/Panaqolus and
Peckoltia genera but have fewer and larger
teeth in the lower and upper jaw. There can be differences
in the colour and size of the spotted pattern in this
species. 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. They prefer water
that is on the warm side (27-30 C), soft and slightly
acidic. 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. In its natural
habitat specimens were collected from rocks and rapids.
Stomach contents included algae and detritus; also
seeds (dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous seeds).
Amazonas, Rio Casiquiare, upper Rio Negro drainage,
Venezuela. Type locality: ‘Río
Casiquiare, Río Negro, Río Amazonas
drainage, about 10 river kilometers above the Río
Negro, below Solano, 1°58’N, 67°05’W,
Dpto. Casiquiare, Amazonas, [Venezuela].
Armbruster, J.W., N.K.
Lujan and D.C. Taphorn, 2007
Four new Hypancistrus (Siluriformes: Loricariidae)
from Amazonas, Veneuzela. Copeia (1):62-79. Armbruster, J.W., 2002. Hypancistrus
inspector: a new species of suckermouth armored catfish
(Loricariidae: Ancistrinae). Copeia 2002(1):86-92.
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