Scobiancistrus sp. L253

Photo: Wilfred Chan


This Scobinancistrus is found in the rapids of Rio Xingu, and is a rare encounter in the hobby. It’s allowed for export from Brazil, but imports are still infrequent. Possibly this is due to the public’s demand of it’s sister species S.aureatus (L14) instead. L253 is a beautiful, large growing Pleco suitable for big tanks with proper water quality.


Name: Scobinancistrus sp.“L253”

Trade names: L253

Origin: Rio Xingu, Brazil.

Maximum size: 40 cm / 16”

Scobinancistrus species have large, spoon shaped teeth that are used to extract molluscs from their shells. In other words, these are primarily carnivore fishes, that can be fed a menu of crustaceans, insect larvae and quality dry foods. They require prime water quality to thrive, meaning adequate filtration, regular water changes and warm, oxygen rich, slightly soft water. Mature males may be very territorial and quarrelsome, so less dominant individuals must be given several places to hide in the aquarium. Big aquariums must obviously be used to house adult fish. Against other fish they are peaceful. Breeding is rare, but has happened several times. Scobinancistrus breed in typical hypostominae fashion, with the male guarding the brood in a suitable cave. Males can be recognized by their almost square head when viewed from above, and they have the typical prominent odontodal growth on their pectoral fins.

L253 has a more elongate, slender build than other Scobinancistrus species.

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