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Scientific Name Chaetostoma aff. milesi   
Common Name(s) L445, Spotted Bulldog Pleco
Black Spotted Bulldog Pleco, Spotted Rubbernose Pleco, Villavicencio I
Type Locality Honda, Colombia
Pronunciation KATE oh STOW mah
Etymology Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Chaetostoma is not straightforward to identify, but as a general rule, the species has spines behind the gill-cover (interopercular odontodes), no plates on the abdomen, and aside from C. platyrhynchus also lack plates on the snout edge. Different from Ancistrus by not having fleshy tentacles on the snout.

This fish pictured here is shown in Aqualog as the "unofficial" l-number L187a and is totally different from the white speckled L187. As this is a frequent import, eventually the species was assigned an official number. Often labelled incorrectly as C. milesi.
Sexing The males have a somewhat larger and broader head, slimmer ventral sides and disproportionately large pelvic fins. Perhaps the over-sized pelvic fins play a large role in the fertilization of the eggs. By inverting these over the clutch of eggs, they prevent the sperm cells being carried away too fast in the current.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Collected from tributaties of the Rio meta, in the area around Villavicencio, Colombia.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.8 - 7.8
Temperature 20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Has more stringent demands on water quality than many plecos and requires highly oxygenated water. Medium hard water is also beneficial.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Omnivore. Will eat algae and small live or frozen food. Some individuals can be weaned onto pellet food although this usually takes some effort and trial and error on the part of the aquarist.
Furniture Worn smooth rounded or slightly flat fist sized rocks on a fine sand substrate.
Compatibility A peaceful fish which can sometimes be a little territorial with its own species.
Suggested Tankmates Certain fast water fish would fit in with the requirements of this fish. Many of the other fast water Loricariids can be kept with this fish. Often found in the wild with smaller pike cichlid species and fast water silvery characins.
Breeding Not reported in the aquarium although other species of Chaetostoma have reproduced in captivity.
Jump to next section Further Information
Registered Keepers (1) xingumike, (2) Tulio, (3) mikelouth, (4) Chrysichthys, (5) Barracuda518, (6) mzavori, (7) Armadillo Del Rio, (8) HylaChristine (p: 6), (9) Matien (k: 5), (10) Belial, who also notes: "mine is better than tom's", (11) Hammerhead, (12) Terrorblade90 (k: 2), who also notes: "This species isn't like aggressive like we usually think;it's more aggressive a Peckoltia sp. L38", (13) Bahney, (14) angelsmiley2, (15) norfolkgarden, who also notes: "Ate well. Died in a "just one more fish" disaster. Was cranky with assorted pleco's of all sizes. Even more so at feeding time.", (16) LUISGOREY, (17) ashik, (18) DutchFry, (19) Ill, (20) miravns (k: 3), (21) DrunkenPanda, (22) JDogg, (23) Bartman, (24) stratofish (p: 3), (25) TE72, (26) Arimus, (27) Segelkaerpfling (k: 2), (28) sunfish, (29) Camaroahopp, (30) DiHo (k: 7), (31) jiapei, (32) wonderdognc, (33) jha61 (p: 2), (34) b.price, (35) ayrtoninst (k: 6), (36) chrisinha, (37) LowClassCC, (38) Tigerlily08, (39) barneybulldog, (40) Ullopincrate (k: 2), (41) dpk2313, (42) bronzefry (k: 5), who also notes: "One male loves to suck on the open-type powerhead for hours on end. Another loves to swing on the heater in the powerhead current. Wheee!!!", (43) chubbikins, (44) Myric, (45) joefish72, (46) robb harriston, (47) Brisch, (48) bslindgren (k: 2), who also notes: "I got these when replacing my other Chaetostoma. A bit unsure about ID, but they are extremely visible at most times, and among my favorite catfish.", (49) jimlaroche83 (k: 2), (50) Anthonyck, (51) firefish11, (52) Ecrevince, (53) Sam (k: 2), (54) BioPod, (55) linden09, (56) Martin S, (57) PlecoCrazy (k: 2), (58) nurglespuss, (59) Mata Negra, (60) jeff.l, (61) Decker504, (62) N0body Of The Goat (k: 2), who also notes: "Lovely fish, now starting to darken up", (63) GouldyUK, (64) browny85, (65) francistrus, (66) Deb (k: 2), who also notes: "These two fought with each other in an acclimation tub. Their main weapon is vigorous rasping!", (67) Syno Rey, (68) rcjkirk, (69) technogeek, who also notes: "Very skittish fish but comes out often looking for food. Eats algae wafers, shrimp pellets, seaweed pellets, and veggies", (70) Gertbl (k: 4), (71) SuzukaS2k, (72) ali_uk_1, (73) Sarajute, (74) msheresy, (75) Colin Keightley, (76) jopbgon, (77) nmatt (p: 2), who also notes: "Well had this little fella for 3 years now and he has gone from being a very shy skittish fish who hardly made an appearance to the king of the tank. Despite his size he can be pretty aggressive at feeding time chasing and ramming anything that comes near him even fish more than twice his size. He comes out at all times and other than feeding time is pretty easy going but is territorial of his cave. A great little fish with bundles of personality.", (78) Bantarioo (k: 2), (79) Tonka, (80) MrsJP, (81) colincook (k: 9), (82) LostYeti (k: 4), (83) Taz, (84) dmcat, (85) lightseeker5000, (86) jodilynn, (87) Mountain (k: 3), (88) Dalek Tzet, (89) FreshwaterQWERTY, (90) Allen Repashy.

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Article - CotM 2002 February
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Last Update 2013 Dec 14 08:07 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)