Adult (Rio Xingu in background)
Video - juvenile
Video - juvenile
Dorsal view of head
Close-up of mouth
Close-up of teeth
Three day old eggs
Four day old eggs
Five day old eggs
Six day old fry
Eight day old fry
Ten day old fry
Twelve day old fry
Forty five day old juveniles
Ninety day old juveniles
Five month old juvenile
Ten month old juveniles
Juveniles are territorial
Head of male
Head of female
Body of male showing odontodes
Female body showing absence of odontodes
Close-up of eye
Close-up of opercular odontodes
|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Scobinancistrus aureatus Burgess, 1994|
|Common Names||L014, Sunshine Pleco
Goldie Pleco, Solskinssugemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Ilha da Fazenda, Rio Xingu, Pará, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||aw RE at us|
|Etymology||(Latin)Scobis=Sawdust + (Greek)agkistron=hook. aureatus = golden; alluding to the golden finnage.|
- CotM 2001 May
- Shane's World Reproduction Making Sunshine in Indonesia
- Shane's World Species L014: The Sunshine Pleco from the Rio Xingu
|Size||300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Striking sub-adult colouration which diminishes in adults which are still quite distinctive. Commonly known as the Goldie or Sunshine pleco, this ultimately larger fish is a frequent import.|
|Sexing||Males grow larger than females. Males develop a more ''bristled'' appearance that, in certain light, can shine from the light being reflected off the fish. The leading edge of the leading pectoral fin ray also becomes slightly spiny in mature males. Head shape, when view from above is blockier in males and more triangular in females. Females are wider across the midriff.|
|Distribution||Rio Xingú, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.8 - 7.2|
|Temperature||25.0-29.0°C or 77-84.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Clean, clear, highly oxygenated, preferably with a noticeable current although this is not vital.|
|Feeding||Sinking pellets and frozen bloodworm are ideal although all prepared foods that reach the bottom are accepted. Larger individuals will tackle whole king prawns and mussels with relish. Will eat garden snails and the first breeder of this genus feed their fishes meat and veg in the form of pumpkin. An omnivore that will eat most things and shares with the wood-eating plecos the unusual habit of eating the skin of vegetables before the flesh.|
|Furniture||Sandy or small pea-shaped gravel with groups of rounded stones and few or no plants best reproduces this fishes natural habitat. If keeping with similarly sized plecos, arrange the aquarium to ensure there are plenty of hiding places and multiple feeding areas to diffuse feeding time ''focus''.|
|Compatibility||A robust pleco suited for most environments, the only catch being the heat.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Suitable as a discus or angelfish tank pleco. Also OK with South American cichlids - a good way to brighten up any oscar tank - but might not do well with Central American cichlids due to their slightly lower temperature requirements. Perfect with rainbowfish if you don't mind breaking the biotope mould.|
|Breeding||Has been bred in captivity.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Trop. Fish Hobby.v. 43 (no. 1) - pp237 - Figs. 1-6 (unnumbered)
Match. Aqualog L014a is a juvenile.
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|Last Update||2018 Oct 01 06:46 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)|