The differences between the Panaqolus and
the Panaque genera is that the latter has
an oval shaped mouth and the jaws have very large
spatulate teeth with a single cusp, arranged in a
v form and Panaqolus have a small number
of spatulate teeth and are also a smaller genus. P.
albomaculatus individuals from different localities
can differ in the size and colour of the spots. The
top thumbnail specimen is likely to come from Ecuador
while the next two down show the colour pattern of
the species from Peru. Aquarium Care: Peaceful in the aquarium but not suitable
for planted tanks as they are plant eaters. Diet:
All Panaques and also the Panaqolus
genera are wood eaters so would need this in an aquarium
set-up. Feed also vegetable foods such as cucumber,
courgette (zucchini) and sinking tablets. Sexual
Differences: Males have long interopercular
spines and their body is adorned with hair-like spines.
LDA031, Orange Spot Pleco
Ecuador: Tributary of the Rio Suno. Peru:
Headwaters of the Napo, Marañon and Ucayali
All L-Numbers Datz Special.
www.datze.de Seidel, I.
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p