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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

Neon tetra

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The interesting species of the river

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

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Discusfish

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Ninin Heckel discus

Ninin Heckel discus

Green Tefé discus

Green Tefé discus

Red pigeon blood discus

Red pigeon blood discus

Blue diamond discus

Blue diamond discus

Splash tetra

Splash tetra

Biotoecus opercularis

Biotoecus opercularis

Redbreast acara

Redbreast acara

Xingú Krobia-cichlid

Xingú Krobia-cichlid

Bolivian ram

Bolivian ram

Gold nugget Pleco

Gold nugget Pleco

Blue spot bristlenose pleco

Blue spot bristlenose pleco

Chameleon Whiptail

Chameleon Whiptail

Gold nugget Pleco

Gold nugget Pleco

Facts

LatinBaryancistrus xanthellus (L177)
Size30 cm
FoodCoatings on roots and rocks .
HabitatRivers
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationIn Xingú river and Iriri River in Brazil.
Map

One species many numbers

Here are three different variants of the same kind. From the top: L018, L081 and L177. The numbers are assigned to them before they are described in order to identify them. The number L081 is not included in the scientific description, but it is presumably the same. In our aquarium you will find the type L177.

An important fish

The gold nugget pleco is a very common fish in Brazil’s Rio Xingú. It is an important edible fish for poor Brazilians living along the river.

Dam causing problems

While there are many gold nugget plecos in the Rio Xingú today, this can quickly change. In 2015, the large Belo Monte Dam was built. When an area is dammed, it changes the aquatic environment, which can make it uninhabitable for the fish.

Den Blå Planet participates

By 2015, our animal keeper Peter participated in an expedition to the Xingú River to map the fish species in the river before the dam began.


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