L261a – Ancistrinae gen. sp.

29. August 2011

This species of fish is among the rarest of all L-numbers. It belongs not only to none of the species described so far, but also cannot be applied to any described genus. L261 was imported initially from the Orinoco in Venezuela. The individual we were able to import now for sure belongs to the same species. But due to minor difference in coloration (L261 has tiny white spots on the snout, our fish is lacking them) and the known collecting site (the Rio Ventuari is a large tributary of the Orinoco in Venezuela) we have decided to place an “a” behind the L-number.

Maximum length of the species should be 20-25 cm. The large mouth with the very tiny teeth shows clearly that the species feeds on Aufwuchs?. Thus keeping L261 should be comparable to that of Ancistrus spp., although the temperature should be slightly higher, as it is found in nature: 26-29°C.

For our customers: the fish has code 26480-L-261A-6 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Suggestion of a common name: Black Orinoco Pleco

Text: Frank Schäfer, photos: Taner Alkovac and Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Venezuela
Verfügbare Größe in cm 14 - 16