Hypancistrus zebra


Hypancistrus zebra
Zebra Pleco (L046)
斑马琵琶
Hypancistrus zebra, gets its name from its black and white stripes, resembling the colouration of a zebra. It is a species of catfish endemic to the Big Bend area of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon River, and was first described in the early 1990s. This fish was exported from Brazil in great numbers for sale as aquarium fish. However, in 1998 the Brazilian government banned the export of all species of Hypancistrus, including H. zebra. H. zebra is threatened by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam in the Xingu river which will cause the drying out of the entire known distribution range of the species. It is subject to several captive breeding programs.
Mature males have a larger head and longer interopercular spines than females. After spawning, the males will guard the eggs. The fry swim after seven days and absorb the yolk sac in two weeks
Hypancistrus zebra is called L046,L098 in terms of the L-numbering convention often applied to Loricariidae. H. zebra is a predator, feeding on small invertebrates such as chironomid-larvae. It is nocturnal, moderately territorial, and prefer plenty of hiding places

熊猫异形是异形界中人气最高的鱼种,很少有人不被他那美丽的线条所吸引,亦有许多人是因为它才加入饲养异形的行列。
熊猫异形的成长速度相当缓慢,要在市场上发现10cm的个体相当不易,一般进口尺寸约在4~6cm左右。饲养上并无太大困难,就其口器来看,属于偏肉食性的异形种。若是想以此鱼来达到缸中除藻的功能,我想会大失所望。因此建议除了一般异形饲料外,多补充动物性饵料,如肉类或丰年虾。
同种间有争斗性,因此环境布置上,应以岩石及洞穴来营造其原生环境,因为熊猫异形属于岩石区的鱼种。其活动力不强,在开灯状态下,总是躲在自己所属的地盘,不让其它鱼只靠近。
时有耳闻其繁殖成功案例,公母分辨可以头型,棘刺,腹部形状来作判定。
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