All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominaePanaque

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Scientific NamePanaque titan  Lujan, Hidalgo & Stewart, 2010
Common NamesL418, Shampupa Royal Pleco
Gold-trim Royal Pleco, Grøn Kongesugemalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityEcuador, Sucumbios Province, Napo River drainage, Apoalla Creek, tributary of the lower Shushufindi River, 0°17'S, 76°27'W
Pronunciationpan ah KAY.
EtymologyThe generic epithet "panaque" is a Venezuelan common name for this fish. From the Greek Titan, son or daughter of Uranus and Gaea, representing brute force and large size, masculine.
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Size 394mm or 15.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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.
General RemarksPutu is the Awajun word used to refer to hypostomin loricariids. The Aguaruna usually preface putu with species term. For example nun putu refers to large species of Panaque, shasham putu refers to Panaque albomaculatus; it appears the common name shampupa is a corruption of this term.
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DistributionKnown only from relatively large rivers in lowland and piedmont habitats of the Napo River basin, Ecuador
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingAll 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).
FurnitureNatural habitat is among fallen trees and wood-tangles.
CompatibilityGenerally peaceful, but may defend their territory against conspecifics.
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ReferencesCopeia 2010, No. 4, 676–704
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jul 08 03:44 (species record created: 2002 Feb 27 00:00)