Subadult, 2 years old, <30 cm TL
Subadult, 4 years old (same as 2yo), >40 cm TL
Subadult, 4 years old (same as 2yo), >40 cm TL, ventral view
Six year old (same as 2yo)
Adult, 8 years old (same as 2yo)
This fish is around 18" long
Close-up of gill area
Close-up of pectoral fin area
Close-up of suckermouth
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|Scientific Name||Panaque schaeferi Lujan, Hidalgo & Stewart, 2010|
|Common Names||LDA065, Titanic Pleco
L203, Schaefers Kongesugemalle (Denmark), Ucayali - Panaque (Germany), Volkswagen Pleco
|Type Locality||Aguaytia River drainage, Santra Ana River, Cordillera National Park, 8°29'51"S, 75°33'36"W, Ucayali Department, Peru, elevation 250 meters.|
|Pronunciation||pan ah KAY.|
|Etymology||The generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. Patronym honoring Scott A. Schaefer, ichthyologist, Editor of Copeia, and Curator of Fishes at the American Museum of Natural History, for his many contributions to the field of ichthyology, and for his contributions to our understanding of the Loricarioidea in particular.|
|Size||600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|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.
A dark brown species with black, smudged markings which continue on all fins except the caudal fin which is clear except for a brown trim along the outer edge. Classic Panaque body shape.
|Distribution||Widespread in the upper Amazon (Solimões) mainstem and its tributaries in Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru
including the Purus, Ucayali/Urubamba, and Pastaza Rivers, and at least as far down the Amazon River mainstem as Santarem, Brazil.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, Upper Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, Urubamba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|Temperature||22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Copeia 2010 (no. 4), pp 693, Figs. 12-13.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 25 12:37 (species record created: 2002 Feb 03 00:00)|