The Hypostomus genus has 7 soft rays to the
dorsal fin whereas the similar looking Pterygoplichthys
species have 10 soft dorsal fin rays. Placed in
the Hypostoumus cochliodon species group
which have a shorter body and more high backed than
other members of the Hypostomus. They have
a small number of spatulate teeth with a single cusp
with the jaws arranged in a V shape. Aquarium
Care: A high backed species which can grow
quite large and are intolerant of other Loricariids.
Quite easy to keep but need frequent water changes
on account of its high metabolic rate. Aquarium size
would need to be 4ft (120cm) or over. Diet:
Wood eaters so would need a supply of fresh and seasoned
wood. Food tablets and also green foods. Remarks:
First appeared in the German DATZ magazine of Sept.
1993 as Cochliodon sp. L138. Cochliodon
is now a synomyn of Hypostomus.
Brazil, Pará, Rio Tapajós (Pimental-Itaituba).
I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes,
Ettlingen, Germany 208 p. Datz: Sept. 1993. www.datz.de.