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).
Sexual Differences: 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. Aquarium Care:
These 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.
Rio Atabapo. The Atabapo River is a river of both
Venezuela and Colombia. It forms the international
boundary between the two countries for much of its
length and is part of the Orinoco River basin.
All L-Numbers: Habitat, Care & Diet. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.