This species occurs in the Amazon river basin in Peru
(Ortega et al. 2012). Its type locality is the "Ambyiacu
River, Ecuador" (Fowler 1915), although this
is erroneous as the Ampiyacu River is in Peru (Isbrucker
and Nijssen 1976). It only lives at altitudes between
100 and 300 m asl. The species occurs within Reserva
Nacional Ambiyacu-Ampillacu. Lives in rivers and streams
with clear and white waters, permanent pools, sand,
submerged leaf litter, logs, gravel. It feeds on periphyton,
aquatic invertebrates, organic material. In this genera,
which is not seen very often in the hobby, the upper
lips are small and the edges slightly frayed. Sexual
Differences: In sexually active males the
lips are transformed into large dermal lobes which
are used to hold the eggs after spawning. This species
is unique in that the males hold on to the eggs for
11 days. Aquarium Care: Keep on a
sandy substrate with branchwork. Reasonably easy to
keep wirh regular good husbandry. Diet:
Omnivore: Dry foods, algae wafers, Spirulina and normal
tablet foods. Frozen foods, Artemia nauplii,
glass worms and Daphnia.
Ampyiacu River basin. Type locality:
Ambyiacu River, Ecuador.
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. 2016. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 10/2016 ). Velasquez, M. & Chocano, L. 2016.
Loricariichthys hauxwelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened