|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys etentaculatus (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)|
|Type Locality||Rio São Francisco, Januaria, Minas Gerais, Brazil.|
|Synonym(s)||Ancistrus longimanus, Glyptoperichthys duodecimalis, Hypostoma etentaculatum, Hypostomus brevitentaculatus, Hypostomus duodecimalis|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees - ee tent ack you la tuss|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||300mm or 11.8" 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: São Francisco River basin.
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|pH||6.2 - 7.8|
|Temperature||22.0-30.0°C or 71.6-86°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||dH 25|
|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||Selecta Piscium Brasiliam 7 Pl. 4 (figs. 1-2)|
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|Last Update||2006 Jul 31 10:12 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 15:10)|