Some of the elder L-numbers are almost like ghosts. L170 is one of those examples where the fish in question has barely been seen since it was first presented in DATZ, and judging by most books and literature out there it’s pretty much forgotten and overlooked by “everyone”. Obviously, the fact that L170 doesn’t really stand out in a crowd and comes from an area where not many Loricariidae species are collected these days are the main reasons why they aren’t around. But it’s still strange that this Peckoltia is omitted from most (even good) publications. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that when L170 recently did enter our hobby, it was in Japan. Seemingly, 2 fish were imported. In other words, we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for L170 to become readily available to the worldwide Catfish community.
Name: Peckoltia sp. “L170”
Trade names: L170, Peckoltia sp. “Abacaxis”
Origin: Rio Abacaxis, Brazil
Maximum TL: 15 cm / 6''
L170 is most similar to L209, another Peckoltia species from the same area. L209 is said to hail from the Rio Madeira, with no further details revealed. Rio Abacaxis isn’t very far from the mouth of Rio Madeira, so in my opinion there’s a good chance for a very close relation between L170 and L209. With the severe lack of picture material for both these L-numbers, it’s hard to say if they may in fact be the same species or not. They both share the very broad, black lines and blotches against a tanned background. Juveniles tend to have more straight black lines, whereas in adults these break up and blur. It’s worth noticing that L209 was given its number based on smaller (6 cm) fish, and L170 was assigned to larger (11 cm) fish.
Often wild fish needs some proper care and feeding to regain their strength and vitality, and when they are happy and relaxed they will show off a beautiful orange colour in the fins. Stressed individuals are pale with slightly washed out markings. L170 is an omnivore, so a varied diet is required. After a period of mainteance and conditioning the fish should be possible to breed in typical Peckoltia manor. Clean, warm water with good movement and a tank furnished with decent caves and other hiding places makes the fish feel relaxed, and the males will eventually show off some impressive odontodal growth.