Mark Henry Sabaj (1)
Ictiologia Universidad Católica de
Placed in the Hypostoumus
cochliodon species group which have a shorter
body and more high backed than other members of the
They have a small number of spatulate teeth with a
single cusp with the jaws arranged in a V shape. Most
Hypostomus hondae can be distinguished from
all other members of the H. cochliodon group
by the presence of more plates in the skin between
the dorsal fin and the lateral plates anterior of
the dorsal-fin spine. Some Colombian specimens do
not have a large number of plates around the dorsal
fin. The number of plates in this area depends on
the size of the fish, some very small specimens lack
plates in this region, but most small specimens have
at least one or more isolated odontodes present. Hypostomus
hondae is most similar to H. pagei and
Hypostomus hondae further differs from H.
pagei by having spots on the caudal-fin spines
(except in very melanistic specimens), by having darker
colouration, a different juvenile colouration, and
by having the pectoral-fin spine reach 2-3 plates
beyond the pelvic fin when depressed ventral to the
pelvic fin (vs. 0-1). No additional characters can
distinguish H. hondae from H. plecostomoides.
Sexual Differences: Males grow larger
and sport longer fins. Aquarium Care:
Adults are rather intolerent towards other large Loricariid
catfishes. Wil give out a lot of waste in the aquarium
so frequent water changes are a must. Fairly easy
to keep in a larger tank over 4ft (120cm).
Diet: Wood eaters so would need soft wood
in the aquarium. Food tablets, pellets and vegeatable
foods are also taken along with insect larvae.
Lago Maracaibo drainage of Colombia and Venezuela,
and the Río Magdalena, Río Sinú,
and Río Atrato drainages of Colombia. Type
locality: Honda, Colombia (300–400
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2003. The species of the Hypostomus cochliodon group
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City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p. Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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