Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias L241

Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias L241
Galaxy Pleco (L241)
黑白双星坦克琵琶 (L241)
This Venezuelan species is very similar to Leproacanthicus galaxias but appears slightly more vertically flattened. The juveniles have bigger and fewer spots and as they get older, the spots will get relatively smaller and greater in number but, in general, bigger than L240 and with more space between each spot.

There are four similar but undescribed variants of this species available, which may turn out to be geographical forms or species in their own right. They are all known as Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias and so are best referred to by their L numbers. The first, L007 is imported from Brazil and has a pattern consisting of larger spots than the true Leporacanthicus galaxias. It also has a shorter nose and bigger dorsal fin than galaxias. Both L240 and L241 are Venezuelan in origin. L240 is very difficult to tell apart from galaxias and may turn out to be the same fish, while L241 has a more flattened profile when viewed side on. The fourth variant, L294 is also from Brazil, but very little other information is available and we've never seen one in the flesh.