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Scientific Name Panaque sp. (LDA106)   
Common Names LDA106, Golden Royal Pleco
Xingu Golden Thunder Pleco, Xingu Longnose 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.

The fish are strikingly yellow/golden in colour, which is particularly evident in the suckermouth. In addition, they are flatter, more "aerodynamic" with a lower dorsal than the P. armbrusteri forms. In adults, the caudal fin is spotted (versus striped). Aside from being generally yellowish, juveniles are easier to tell apart due to the caudal fin pattern which is 2/3 black with yellow fin rays and a distinct black bar at the caudal peduncle.
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Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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). User data.
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.
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Last Update 2022 Oct 06 08:26 (species record created: 2022 Oct 03 02:38)