|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Weber, 1991)|
|Common Name(s)||Vermiculated Sailfin Catfish|
|Type Locality||Rio Madeira, Amazon R. system, Restauracao, Amazonas, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||430mm (16.9") 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).
This species is most likely to be confused with P. pardalis. The pattern on the abdomen is the most useful external key: P. pardalis has a spotted pattern, where P. disjunctivus has a vermiculated pattern. For more info see: Zootaxa 1109: 57?68 (2006)
|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: Madeira River basin.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (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) 638|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Joetee (p: 2), (2) rocker, (3) abaigael04, (4) Rinaag, (5) SpunkyTheMonkey, (6) royaldragoness, (7) dawndeschain999, (8) Dalek Tzet, (9) marinebalaji, (10) excuzzzeme, (11) Schmike, (12) Seagirt, who also notes: "Just hangs a round the other plecos.".
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|Last Update||2011 Sep 28 07:44 (species record created: 2002 Sep 25 00:00)|