|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys sp. (L164)|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||420mm or 16.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|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).
Similar to the common gibbiceps but with slightly different patterning and a lower dorsal fin that, at least, the Rio Negro gibbiceps.
|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||Rio Tefe, Brazil
Amazon, Tefé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.8 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°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.|
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|Last Update||2005 Mar 06 00:00 (species record created: 2005 Mar 06 00:00)|