Classic Car Intelligence
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L241(Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias)

A large, prickly species with a dark grey to black body covered in small, widely spaced white spots. Males have wider heads that bear numerous odontodes that run onto the front of the pectoral fins. Females have a narrower head, less developed odontodes on the head and fins, and the overall colouration is usually less contrasty, with fewer white spots and more grey than black. L240a and L241 appear to be the same fish.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A fairly big plec that feeds primarily on invertebrates such as insect larvae, worms, prawns, and snails. Algae wafers, sliced vegetables, and catfish pellets will also be taken. Comes from fast-flowing waters, and needs clean water with lots of oxygen. Adding airstones or powerheads to increase water movement is highly recommended. Mix only with fishes that appreciate such conditions, such as Congo tetras and rheophilic cichlids such as Steatocranus spp. This species is territorial but can be kept in groups if there is sufficient space, and it has been spawned in aquaria, the male guarding the eggs.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution Venezuela
Temperature 24-28C
Size Up to 24 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5

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 and also

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