All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaeHypancistrus

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Scientific NameHypancistrus sp. (L066)  , 1990
Common NamesL066, King Tiger Pleco
Acari Pão (Brazilian), Finbroderet Sugemalle (Denmark), Network Pleco, Scribbled Pleco
Type LocalityLower Xingú or Tocantins, Pará, Brazil
Pronunciationhype an siss truss
EtymologyA contraction of the Greek hypo (meaning less than) and ancistrus, an allusion to the reduced number of teeth (particularly in the lower jaw) found in this genus. 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationA distinctive L number that is most often confused with a few other similarly patterned species, such as L333, L318, L399, L400 and L401. Youngsters however are quite different from the adults. Both fishes have a light base with dark lines. L066 has a paler base colouration than L333 where L333 has a yellow/light brown base colouration, and more slender. Both L066 and L333 are from Rio Xingu
L066 has even/straight lines in the fins, other similar fish do not
L318 and L401 comes from different rivers other than RIo Xingu, so if capture location is available, then the difference is very obvious. Both of these fishes have a dark base colouration with lighter lines. L318 also has more wide areas of dark colour and the lighter lines are often broken. L401 has narrower dark areas, but still many broken lines.
SexingAdult males develope teeth-like odontodes around the head and the pectoral fins. Viewed from above the female looks much more massive than the male.
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DistributionLower Xingu.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.0
Temperature25.0-29.0°C or 77-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis fish prefers good current and high oxygen levels.
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FeedingCarnivore - feed with bloodworms, mussel, sinking prepared food (such as Tetra bits), carnivore wafers, shrimp pellets and so on.
FurnitureA hiding space for each fish is required.
CompatibilitySomewhat territorial towards conspecifics.
Suggested TankmatesSmall tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when available.
BreedingSee Shane's World article link below.
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Last Update2018 Jul 02 23:10 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)