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Scientific NameParotocinclus spilosoma  (Fowler, 1941)
Common NameGold Spot Dwarf Pleco
Type LocalityCampina Grande, Parahyba, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Plecostomus spilosoma
Pronunciationparr auto SINK luss - spil oh so mah
EtymologyParotocinclus: Greek, para in the side of + greek, ous, otis = ear + Greek, kygklos, ou = a fish. This specific epithet refers to its spotted(spilos=spotted) body(soma=body).
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Size 52mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe genus Parotocinclus can readily be distinguished from Otocinclus by the presence of an adipose fin in the former.
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DistributionSouth America: Paraíba, Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro State Rivers, Paraíba do Sul (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.5
Temperature22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH 5-20
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BreedingSee Shane's World article.
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ReferencesProc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila.v. 93 - pp152 - Figs. 53-55
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) lordotterby, (3) drgold, (4) philtre, (5) Nisk, (6) smithrc (p: 2), (7) Dolphin Dip, (8) nvcichlids (k: 22), (9) Chlngr (k: 3), (10) Loracidlover (k: 3), (11) sunfish (k: 3), (12) coheedandcambriarules, (13) foxweed, (14) Grimfilth, (15) donpetty (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Purchased as a Pit Bull Pleco.", (16) seliel (k: 3).

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Breeding Reports(1) nvcichlids (b: 43).
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Spawning Parotocinclus spilosoma
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Last Update2008 May 24 01:52 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)