|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys parnaibae Weber, 1991|
|Type Locality||Lac de Parnaguá, Rio Paraim, Parnaíba basin, Maranhão, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. Genus: Greek, glyptes = carver + Greek,peri = around + Greek, ichthys = fish|
|Size||290mm or 11.4" 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.|
|Distribution||South America: Parnaíba River basin.
Piauí Rivers, Parnaíba (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Suggested Tankmates||Almost any medium sized community fish.|
|References||Rev. Suisse Zool. v. 98 (no. 3) 641|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Daniel Machado, (2) rodrigd2, (3) genghiskhanll, (4) secuono.
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|Last Update||2007 Mar 04 10:19 (species record created: 2006 Jul 14 00:00)|