|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys zuliaensis Weber, 1991|
|Type Locality||Río Santa Ana, Maracaibo basin, Hacienda Río Grande, 9°36'20"N, 72°07'00"W, Estado Zulia, Venezuela.|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees - zoo lee ah en siss|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. Named after the state in Venezuela where the type locality is.|
|Identification||Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. Ten or more dorsal rays (usually 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: Lake Maracaibo basin.
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|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.|
|Reference||Revue Suisse de Zoologie v. 98 (no. 3), pp 638.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 05 03:30 (species record created: 2004 Aug 20 00:00)|