L116 (Squaliforma cf. emarginata, Thresher Pleco)
A widely distributed species known by different L-numbers depending on where the specimen in question was collected. L011, L035, and L116 are from different rivers in Brazil, and L108 is from Ecuador. An attractive species with a light brown body covered in small dark spots. The fins are reddish-brown in colour, from whence an alternative common, "Red Fin Thresher Plec", is derived.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
An omnivorous plec that will eat some algae as well as sliced vegetables such as courgette, cucumber, spinach, and frozen peas. Algae-rich wafers and pellets make a good staple diet. Occasional feedings of bloodworms and other small invertebrates will be welcomed but should not be used too frequently (once or twice a week is fine). Mixes well in a quiet community tank but is territorial and should not be kept with more aggressive plecs or other catfish likely to harm it. A good choice for use with midwater cichlids such as angelfish and discus, as well as barbs, tetras, etc.
|Family Group:||L Numbers|
|Distribution||Brazil, Rio Pará and Rio Trombeta|
|Size||Up to 40 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
Useful sources of information:
DATZ are the original source of L number information.
Other information on L numbers can be found from the book All L Numbers published by Aqualog.
On the web, a comprehensive source of information on L Numbers and catfish can be found at www.planetcatfish.com and also www.scotcat.com