characterised bythe possession of
having a small suckermouth with lip barbels on the
top and pointed teeth. Leporacanthicus is readily
identifiable from all other Ancistrini by the development
of only two teeth in each premaxilla, the inner teeth
being very long (all other Ancistrini have more than
two teeth in the premaxilla), by having a well-raised
supraoccipital crest (the supraoccipital in most Ancistrini
is flat to slightly raised) and by having numerous
long barbels above the upper jaws. It has been hypothesized
that the enlarged teeth of the upper jaw are used
to remove snails from their shells (Burgess 1994).
The males have a more elongated body and a broader
head and they also posses short odontodes on the edges
of the snout which the females lack. Colouration:
Similar to Leporacanthicus
can becharacterised by the
white spots and a black band to the edge of the caudal
Care: This fish can be territorial with its
own kind and so must have a big enough aquarium if
more than one is kept. Regular water changes must
be adhered to, and also having a powerful filter system
that can deliver a high oxygen content. Hiding places
are beneficial to this fish with bogwood or wood of
some description and/or some rockwork. Diet:
Not a true vegetarian so a wide variety of foods including
algae, algae wafers, cucumber or courgette ( zucchini),
prawns, shrimps and tablet food.
Upper Rio Orinoco.
All L-Numbers: Habitat, Care & Diet. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.