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Hypancistrus sp. "Lower Rio Xingu"

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = genus

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Relevant Information:



Any Hypancistrus species that is caught in the lower courses of the Rio Xingu in Brazil and does not match up with any of the L-numbers are usually given the common name of Hypancistrus sp. "Lower Rio Xingu". There are different wavy line patterns in individual species. There is a thought that this species may be L173 which at the moment (2012) is thought to be a colour variant of Hypancistrus zebra. 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.

Common Name:







Brazil: Lower Rio Xingu.


10cm. (4ins)


26-28°c (79-83°f.)





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