|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys punctatus (Günther, 1864)|
|Common Names||Imperial Ranger Pleco
Guimares Silver Pleco, Punktierter Schilderwels (Germany), Trinidad Pleco, Yogi Pleco
|Type Locality||Rio Guaporé, Amazon system, San Vincente, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Glyptoperichthys punctatus, Loricaria punctata|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees - PUNK tah tuss|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||285mm or 11.2" 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).
The attractive colouration of the juvenile fish changes to a more common looking 'brown with dark brown' spots with adulthood.
|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, Purus, Jurus and Marañon River Basins.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Juruá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Omnivorous and a good algae eater, especially when young.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Almost any medium sized community fish.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum v. 5 - pp251.|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 17:36 (species record created: 2004 Jul 05 00:00)|