All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaePanaque

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Scientific Name Panaque cf. armbrusteri`teles_pires`   
Common Name Teles Pires Royal Pleco
Pronunciation pan ah KAY.
Etymology The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. 
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Identification The genus Panaque is identified by the teeth, which are spoon-shaped. This means that the teeth are noticeably wider at the tip than at the base. Other loricariidae have teeth that are similar width all the way from one end to the other. A second distinguishing feature is the lack of a buccal papilla, which is a "flap of skin" on the inside of the mouth. See pictures in this PDF on Pterygoplichthys.

Time will tell if this is a species of a particular geographic form, for now we keep it separate because it differs from all other Brazilian royal plecos by having spots in caudal fin, sometimes in the dorsal fin too but not always. The amount of spots varies a little but never do they have a solid colour caudal fin.
Sexing One of the larger 22-25cm individuals shows is higher bodied than others of the same size. Perhaps this indicates sexual dimorphism as the two body shapes are found together in the same area of the river.
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Distribution These are found in the Rio Nhandu in Mato Grosso close the border to Para; it is a tributary of the Teles Pires. Rio Nhandu has its head waters in the state of Para and Serra do Cachimbo.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós, Teles Pires (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Feeding All Panaque appear to feed on wood, so wood should be present in the tank. They also take prepared algae wafers and fresh vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, peas, green beans) and tubers (potato, yams and similar).
Furniture Natural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
Compatibility Generally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2018 Oct 07 01:59 (species record created: 2018 Oct 06 03:22)