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Scientific Name Megalancistrus barrae  (Steindachner, 1910)
Common Names Black Spiny Ashiura Pleco
Azzura Pleco, Giant Ancistrus
Type Locality Rio São Francisco near Barra, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Ancistrus barrae
Pronunciation mega lan SISS truss
Etymology Greek, megas, megalos = great + Greek, agkistron = hook, in this case meaning "big Ancistrus". Named for the Rio São Francisco near Barra in Brazil, which is this species' type locality.
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Size 385mm or 15.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A colossal pleco worthy of the generic name. Can be differentiated from other large loricariids by the presence of evertible interopercular odontodes.

This species background colour is dark brown to black, those more commonly exported are black and often they are exported under the nomen nudem, "Megalancistrus etentaculatus".
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Distribution South America: São Francisco River basin.
São Francisco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse v. 47 (no. 8) (for 10 Mar. 1910), pp 58.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 14:08 (species record created: 2003 Apr 18 00:00)