All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaeSpectracanthicus

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Scientific Name Spectracanthicus murinus  Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1987
Common Name
Type Locality Poça de Pedra, Rio Tapajós, e. Pará, Brazil.
Etymology Genus: Latin, spectrum = look, apparition + Greek, akantha = thorn. This specific epithet literally means mouse gray (murinus=mouse gray) and refers to its colour.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Spectracanthicus can be separated from all other loricariids except some Baryancistrus, Parancistrus and an undescribed Hemiancistrus by the presence of the dorsal-fin membrane contacting the adipose-fin spine. It can be separated from Baryancistrus and the Hemiancistrus by having fewer teeth (less than 25 vs. greater than 25) and from Parancistrus by having restricted gill openings.

Spectracanthicus murinus is unique among Ancistrini in that it has lost the evertible cheek plates typical of species of Ancistrini.
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Distribution South America: Brazil: Tapajós River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 5.5 - 7.5
Temperature 26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Carnivorous.
Breeding Has been bred in captivity and is a cave spawner.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Rev. Fr. Aquariol.v. 13 (no. 4) (1986) - pp94 - Figs. 1-3.
Seidel & Evers (2005). Wels Atlas Band 2. Mergus, Germany.
Armbruster's Spectracanthicus Key.
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Last Update 2015 Jun 04 13:53 (species record created: 2004 Oct 03 00:00)