|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys lituratus (Kner, 1854)|
|Type Locality||Rio Guapore near Mato Grosso, Amazon system, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Ancistrus lituratus, Glyptoperichthys lituratus|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||370mm (14.6") 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: 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||Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 7 285  Pl. 5 (fig. 3)|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Natey22.
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|Breeding Reports||(1) Natey22 (b: 18).|
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|Last Update||2007 Mar 16 04:40 (species record created: 2007 Feb 23 21:13)|