Named by Armbruster, Lujan
& Taphorn in their paper of 2007as Hypancistrus
lunaorum (L339) along with three other species,
(which was first thought to be H.inspector)H.
Description: Hypancistrus lunaorum
can be distinguished from H. debilittera,
H. furunculus, and H.
zebraby having a dark background with white spots
(vs. presence of oblique lines or vermiculations);
from H. contradens by having the spots either
absent or smaller than the nasal aperture diameter
(vs. spots larger than the nasal aperture diameter);
and from H.
by having the adpressed dorsal fin reaching the adipose-fin
spine (vs. not reaching), the spots on the head the
same size as the rest of the body (vs. much smaller
on the head), the spots on the caudal fin all free
(vs. spots in the upper lobes combining to form bands),
and 22–23 (only one of 30 with 24) plates in
the mid-ventral series (vs. 24). 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.
Venezuela, upper Orinoco drainage. Type Locality:
Venezuela, Amazonas, Rio Guapuchi, first major riffle
complex, Rio Ventuari drainage.
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.