|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus inspector Armbruster, 2002|
|Common Names||L102, Snowball Pleco
|Type Locality||Río Casiquiare, Río Negro, Río Amazonas drainage, about 10 river kilometers above the Río Negro, below Solano, 1°58'N, 67°05'W, Dpto. Casiquiare, Amazonas, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||hype an siss truss|
|Etymology||A 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. Inspector is Latin for observer. It is in reference to the large eyes.|
|Size||160mm or 6.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Although black or reddish dark grey with white spots, the snowball pleco is most easily identified by the black ribbon or seam along the margin of its caudal and dorsal fins. Additionally its dentition is noticeably different from other plecos matching what you would expect in a species of Hypancistrus. Similarity to other light-spotted Hypancistrus species are H. contradens and H. sp. L201.|
|Sexing||The female is black-brown with white spots while the male has a lot more reddish tones in its colours and white spots. The male has strong odontodal growth while the female has almost none and is a lot fuller and rounder in body shape.|
|Distribution||Brazil, Amazonas, Rio Negro (Barcelos)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.4 - 7.6|
|Temperature||22.0-30.0°C or 71.6-86°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||It is unclear if this fish is a white, clear or black water species.|
|Feeding||It is a carnivore but will also do well on a variety of foods. Feed mainly with spirulina, tabimin and some shrimp mix / artemia.|
|Furniture||Keep them in a tank with caves, some roots and no plants. A strong current is not necessary for this species.|
|Compatibility||They do well with peaceful tankmates.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Small 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.|
|Breeding||See article link below.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||DATZ 7/1992 pp416-417.
Copeia, 2002(1), pp. 86–92
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|Last Update||2011 Apr 25 16:48 (species record created: 2001 Apr 19 00:00)|