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Scientific NameHypancistrus sp. (L471)   
Common NamesL471, Hvidplettet Ventuari-sugemalle (Denmark)
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 60mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingMature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
General RemarksThis species was originally sold under the name L280a (which of course is an "unofficial" or "made up" L-number, not one published by DATZ).
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DistributionRio Orinoco and Lower Rio Ventuari.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingUnlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
FurnitureSand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
CompatibilitySuitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
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.
BreedingAll Hypancistrus are closed cave spawners. Males trap females in the cave, eggs are laid and fertilised after which the male guards them until the fry are free swimming.
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ReferencesDATZ 12/2013.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jul 02 23:20 (species record created: 2013 Dec 04 21:18)