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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Pterygoplichthys

  • Pterygoplichthys sp. (L347)
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Scientific Name Pterygoplichthys sp. (L347)   
Common Name(s) L347
Pronunciation terry gop LICK thees
Etymology Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. 
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Size 450mm (17.7") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. More than 10 indicates that it's a Pterygoplichthys. Most other plecos have 8 or fewer rays (in particular the larger Hypostomus species that are most likely to be confused with Pterygoplichthys).
Sexing Comparison of the genital papilla in mature fish shows the differences in the sexes to the trained eye. In males this is a small yet thick stump which noticeably protrudes from the fish's undercarriage. In females it is less obvious and is recessed or lies flat with the body.
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Distribution Rio Para
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins, Lower Tocantins, Pará (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Suggested Tankmates Almost any medium sized community fish.
Breeding Unreported.
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Registered Keepers (1) arapaima, (2) asiaton.

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Breeding Reports None.
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Last Update 2006 Dec 16 05:59 (species record created: 2006 Jul 29 00:00)


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