Spectracanthicus sp. L315 (Pleco)

Photo: Haakon Haagensen


L315 is another rare l-number from Rio Xingu, Brazil. It’s currently not allowed for export, and even when it was it was still only occasionally exported in significant numbers. It’s got a pitch black body covered in many small, light blue/white spots. Due to it’s current rareness, available individuals should preferably end up in the care of responsible breeders to maintain it’s presence in our hobby.


Name: Spectracanthicus sp. “L315”

Trade names: L315

Origin: Rio Xingu, Brazil.

Maximum TL: 14 cm / 6”

Spectracanthicus are fairly small, very peaceful Plecos that need warm, oxygen rich, clean water to thrive. They are in many ways similar to the better known Hypancistrus species in their demands. They are mostly carnivore, and should be given a diet of crustaceans, insect larvae and high quality dry foods. When properly conditioned and under the right conditions, Spectracanthicus will breed in a typical manner where the male guards the brood in a tight cave. Males have more prominent odontodal growth than females, and a broader, longer head.

L315 was for long unnoticed as it passed beneath the radar of the public as bycatch of Oligancistrus sp.L30 and Parancistrus nudiventris, L31. L315 shares a similar pattern of small, white spots, but can be told apart from L30 and L31 by it’s narrow, pointy head. Compared to L254, L315 has more numerous, small spots and a larger adult size.

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