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.
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. Remarks:
L004 and L005 are one and the same species. L005 is
the adult form of L004. Similar forms are L028 and
L073. The fry pictures in the thumbnail gallery are
from a spawning by Swiss aquarist, Yann Fulliquet,
and his article (ScotCat
Sources) depicts the spawning of L028.
Angelicus Pleco, L004, L005,
Rio Tocantins (Cametá).
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p.