Leporacanthicus sp. L240

Photo: Haakon Haagensen


The Colombian Vampire Plecos are fairly large and impressive animals. L240 is pitch black with lots of white dots all over, except for the edges of the fins which are spotless. In aquarium these are quite hardy and adaptable creatures, as long as they are given proper food and good water quality. L240 is among the more regular l-numbers to be exported from Colombia.


Name: Leporacanthicus sp.L240

Trade names: Sailfin Vampire Pleco, L240

Origin: Rio Orinoco, Colombia/Venezuela.

Maximum size: 30 cm / 12”

L240 is exported together with the very similar L241. L240 has a darker colouration, a bigger dorsal fin, usually smaller white spots and a more elongate body. L240 could possibly be a population of L.galaxias.

These fish must be kept in well filtered and clean aquariums with lots of hiding places. They are peaceful towards most other fish, but the males can be territorial and aggressive towards each other. Leporacanthicus are meat eaters, and should be fed a protein rich diet consisting of crustaceans, shrimps, mussels and fish meat. Good quality dried foods should also be offered. Larger specimens can produce big clutches of 150 or so eggs. Males have a  broader head with a rim of short odontodes.

Source :

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s