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 as well as what happens above them. In
contrast to Otocinclus the members of Hypoptopoma take care for the eggs
received “Giant Tiger Otocinclus” from Peru. Traditionally this species
a called Hypoptopoma sp. II, according to the book “Welsatlas Vol.1” by
H.-G. Evers and I. Seidel. A quick look in the recent revision of
Hyoptopoma showed that coloration, shape of the body, and distribution
of our our fish fit quite well with the described species H.
psilorhynchus. However, more research is necessary to confirm this
In any way these “Tigers” are quite attractive animals that will find for sure their keepers!
For our customers: the fish have code 262333 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
A. E. & S. A. Schaefer (2010): Systematics of the genus Hypoptopoma
Günther, 1868 (Siluriformes, Loricariidae). Bulletin of the American
Museum of Natural History No. 336: 1-110.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer