10b. Catfishes: Suckermouths, Plecos and L-numbers (220)

  • Hypancistrus sp. L66 King Tiger Pleco

    13. November 2015

    The King Tiger Pleco originates from the Rio Xingu in Brazil. The species belongs to the most popular plecos in the hobby. This fish attains a length of about 15 cm. Currently we can offer very nice German bred ones (4-5 cm long), which have a pretty and strongly contrasting black-and-white-pattern. Like in all species […]

  • Parotocinclus cf. variola

    14. October 2015

    For the first time ever we were able to import this interesting dwarf suckermouth catfish. It originates from a only recently discovered region, namely the waterfalls of Cachoeira do el Dorado in the far northern parts of Brazil, almost at the border to Venezuela. This area has not been explored ichthyologically yet. Of all the […]

  • Hypostomus sp. LDA10

    14. October 2015

    The great rush for l-numbers is over, no doubt. But even at the highest level of the hype some of the species appeared only once or twice in the ornamental fish market. One of those guys is LDA, a species of Hypostomus with an extraordinary broad head. Obviously this species lives syntopically with the much […]

  • Hypoptopoma cf. psilogaster “sp. II”

    16. September 2015

    The dwarf catfish of the genus Hypoptopoma are close relatives of the much better known Otocinclus species. Both genera have a similar habit and a similar  way of life. Members of Hypoptopoma have a very typical position of the eyes. This gives them the advantage to be able to see what happens below them them […]

  • Flyer-cats from Brazil!

    26. August 2015

    Recently we received a shipment of flyer-cats (Pseudolithoxus), which have been collected in the surroundings of Sao Gabriel do Cacheiro at the Rio Negro. At the first glimpse the fish look very similar to P. anthrax (L235) from Venezuela. But they are distinguished from the latter by the much larger white spots and the white […]

  • Leporacanthicus from the Rio Tapajós: L263 and L264

    26. August 2015

    We received from Brazil two species of pretty carnivorous loricariids. Both originate from the Rio Tapajós, where they occur even syntopically. L264 has been described scientifically under the name of Leporacanthicus joselimai, whereas L263 still waits for a scientist to take a closer look on it. It is very unusual that two closely related species […]

  • L24 wurde beschrieben: Pseudacanthicus pitanga

    L24 has been described: Pseudacanthicus pitanga

    26. June 2015

    Another L-number has received a correct scientific description finally: L24. The beautiful orange finned cactus pleco from the Rio Tocantins is named now Pseudacanthicus pitanga. The specific name “pitanga” is from the Tupi-Guarini language and means “red” in allusion to the colour of the fins. The scientific paper also discusses the risks of using this […]

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    Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus: L1

    25. June 2015

    L-numbers are for many people simply synonyms for Loricariids. But one should remember that they have been cooked up only in 1988! L-numbers were given for species that have not been determined scientifically yet. The very first L-number, L1 (or L001, although nobody would have dreamed of hundreds of L-numbers initially) has been applied on […]

  • Ancistrus sp. L181 Rio Negro

    19. May 2015

    The many species of Ancistrus with small white dots are very difficult to tell apart. We recently obtained L181 from the Rio Negro in Brazil. The very same species has been given several L-numbers, eg L71 (from the Rio Tapajós) or L249 (from the Rio Trombetas and its affluent, the Rio Cuminá). Also extremely similar […]

  • Pseudancistrus sp. LDA 32/L259/L321 Rio Tapajós

    19. May 2015

    Currently four syntopically occuring forms of Pseudancistrus are reported from the Rio Tapajós. They differ from each other by minor differences in respect of coloration and proportions. L321 is the comparatively flattest of them, has small dots and a reddish seam at the caudal fin. LDA32 and L259 are a bit deeper bodied and have […]