Synonyms Poecilobrycon ocellatus Eigenmann, 1909 Etymology The name “Nannostomus” originates from the combination of the Latin term “nannus,” which signifies “small,” and the Greek term “stoma,” which means “mouth.” This nomenclature is attributed to the diminutive size of the mouthparts in the species belonging to this genus. The name “Unifasciatus,” on the other hand, is derived […]
Synonyms Hydrocyon falcirostris Cuvier, 1819 Etymology Falcirostris: From the Latin falx, meaning ‘sickle, scythe’, and rostrum, meaning ‘snout’. Classification Order: Characiformes Family: Acestrorhynchidae Distribution Although the type locality of this species is recorded as simply “Brazil,” it is actually found throughout numerous northern Amazonian drainages, including those in Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. It can also be found in the […]
There are only some half a dozen species in the genus Panaque, of which two—Emperor Panaque and the black-bodied P. suttoni (Blue-eyed Plec, Pleco, or Panaque) from northern South America—are regularly available. Distinguished by their large heads, sloping foreheads, and beautiful eyes, panaques make interesting additions to appropriately furnished and maintained aquaria.
A black background decorated with white spots helps to identify this particular loricariid. It now seems that the Peppermint Pleco ascribed the number L030 is merely the juvenile form of the variety recognized as L031, which has a finer spotted pattern
The loricariids, from South America, are a most disparate family of catfishes, in both shape and size. All exhibit an underslung sucker mouth and most are herbivorous. The mouth is used to attach themselves to solid objects to avoid being carried away in the current, as they are particularly poor swimmers. The body is encased in body plates that develop from skin folds in the early fry stage, which in later life make swimming a difficult and laborious chore.
Garfishes are arguably the most diverse of all fishes, in body form, lifestyle, size, and distribution. There are over 2000 different species, principally from tropical freshwaters, but also from temperate climes and marine waters. Indeed, catfishes are to be found in every continent and ocean with the exception of the poles. With such diversity, only generalizations can be given in this brief introduction, but this same variety can also be the catalyst for a deeper interest on the part of the aquarist in this group of fishes.