Lepthoplosternum pectorale – Dwarf Hoplosternum

25. November 2014

The Hoplosternum relationship belongs to the plated catfish and and is thus closely related to Corydoras & Co. Like these, they make good and interesting aquarium fishes. Sadly most species become quite large. So, the species of the genus Lepthoplosternum are the best choose for smaller tanks. The maximum size of the members of that genus is about 8 cm, but they are fully mature at a total length of 5 cm already.

We recently could import one of these species now from Paraguay again: Lepthoplosternum pectorale. In elder aquarium books this species is referred to as Hoplosternum pectoralis. Males develop thickened, yellow-orange spines on the pectoral fin. Dwarf Hoplosternum can be kept in the very same manner as it is usual for Corydoras from the same region, like C. paleatus and C. aeneus.

For our customers: the fish have code 259202 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Lepthoplosternum: means “small Hoplosternum”; Hoplosternum is another genus of plated catfish. pectorale: this refers to the thickened spines in the pectoral fin in males of the species.

Suggestion of a common name: Dwarf Hoplosternum

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Paraguay
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5