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New pleco species is splendid

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 19, 2016 09:00 AM
A new species of Loricariid is a gem. In fact, it's name means "adorned with pearls!" Hypancistrus margaritatus is a new Amazonian pleco that is as rare as it is beautiful.
New pleco species is splendid

Live specimen of Hypancistrus margaritatus

It appears Hypancistrus margaritatus is the formal name given to a pleco aquarists have previously identified as L404, an uncommonly traded species.  It is also rare in nature; the researchers state: " Hypancistrus margaritatus appears to be rare, as only one specimen was collected during four expeditions that yielded 55,156 fish specimens."

As with other Hypancistrus sp., this is a relatively small pleco (albeit large for the genus) with an adult size in the four to five inch (10-12cm) range.

The ZooKeys paper also describes another new pleco species, Hypancistrus phantasma, collected from the same relative area.  No live photo exists of this species.  In fact, the single collected specimen is the only known example of this species, hence it's etymology ("the phantom").

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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