Eleven week old juvenile
Male in cave
Pair (female - right)
Close-up of odontodes
Holotype (in life)
Washed out - recent import
Two day old fry
Eighteen day old fry
Twenty two day old fry
Twenty four day old fry
Six weeks old
Close-up of head
L075, Rio do Para
Four day old fry
Seven day old fry
Rio Xingu - 83mm SL
Four day old eggs
Twelve day old fry
Thirty five day old fry
Four month old juvenile
Dorsal view of twenty two day old
Close-up of female
The original LDA02 image
Rio Jatapu form
Rio Jatapu form
Habitat: type locality
Habitat: Rio Curuá-Una
Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
Habitat: Itaituba, Middle Rio Tapajós
|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Peckoltia sabaji Armbruster, 2003|
|Common Names||LDA002, Para Pleco
L075, L124, L301, Sabajs Sugemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||5.9 kilometers west-southwest of village of Sand Creek, 02.96656°, -059.56943°, Essequibo River drainage, Rupununi (Region 9), Guyana.|
|Pronunciation||peck OLE tea ah - sah BAY eye|
|Etymology||Peckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. The species is named for Dr. Mark Henry Sabaj Perez, Collection Manager of Ichthyology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.|
|Size||250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||See CotM article link below.|
|Sexing||Unreported, doesn't follow the norm for Peckoltia species.|
|Distribution||Guyana, Essequibo drainage, Venezuela/Colombia, middle reaches of Orinoco drainage, northern Brazil, Rio Negro drainage and river of Para State flowing north into the Amazon downstream of the confluence with the Rio Negro.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||24.0-26.0°C or 75.2-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Flowing water preferred but not mandatory.|
|Feeding||A real omnivore; will eat frozen bloodworm, sinking pellets, flakes and green vegetables. Feed unsettled or new fish at, or just before, night / lights out.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of rocks for hiding. Tank does not need to be well-planted. Low rounded rocks and close to the ground driftwood crevices are favoured. This pleco doesn't commonly attach to the glass or venture very high in the water column.|
|Compatibility||A relatively gentle pleco even when at its maximum size. Appears to do well with its own kind as well as other plecos of a similar temperament / dietary requirements.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Other small to medium sized catfish, a good pleco to keep with Corydoras or Brochis. Seems to prefer the company of smaller more active fish rather than larger ones. Double figure sized shoals of active tetras or even cyprinids seem to have the most calming effect and inspire confidence in these plecos to make daytime sorties in search of food.|
|Breeding||They are sexually mature around 13-14 cm SL but there are only small differences between the sexes. The male grows just a little longer interopercular and pectoral spine odontodes. The latter are small compared to many other species in the same genus. The females get very plump when gravid and her genital papilla will look round and be very visible, males stay slender and elongated in their body. They are cave spawners and the main problem is to get both sexes and a pair that match each other in terms of size and temperament as the spawning is remarkably gentle in comparison to most other species especially Hypancistrus.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Zootaxa No. 344, pp 6, Figs. 2-4.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 31 14:38 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)|