First given the L-number of
L037 before being described. Description:
Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7 - 7; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 4. Colouration:
Differs from all other species of the genus Hypostomus
by having a unique combination of pale blotches over
a darker background in body and fins, and conspicuous
keels on head, predorsal region and lateral plates.
Geographic variation is evident where most of the
specimens from the Rio Xingu basin have dark limits
of colouration larger when compared to specimens of
the Rio Tocantins basin, and the limits between pale
blotches are about same size or slightly larger than
the blotches. Small specimens (up to 50 mm SL) from
the Rio Xingu basin mostly possess pale blotches on
the head forming vermiculations (vs. small specimens
from the Rio Tocantins basin have a pattern similar
to that in adults). However, the colour pattern of
specimens from one lot of Hypostomus faveolus
from the rio Suiá Miçu in the upper
Rio Xingu basin is more similar to specimens from
the Rio Araguaia basin. Habitat:
Found both in rapids and slow flowing sections of
middle to large rivers, both in rocky and soft substrates.
A few juveniles occur in small streams and oxbow lakes.
Aquarium Care: Does not grow as large
as some other species in this genus so a smaller tank
size would be permissible (4ft - 120cm or above) although
being messy eaters good water quality and filtration
would need to be adhered to. Diet:
Omnivore in the aquarium and is not fussy. Will also
take vegetable foods.
L037, Honycomb Pleco, Reticulated
Pará, Rio Tocantins, Rio Araguaia (near Marabá)
Zawadzki, C.H., J.L.O.
Birindelli and F.C.T. Lima
2008 A new pale-spotted species of Hypostomus Lacépède
(Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the rio Tocantins
and rio Xingu basins in central Brazil. Neotrop. Ichthyol.
6(3):395-402. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (01/2011).