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Scientific Name Acanthicus hystrix  Spix & Agassiz, 1829
Common Names L155, Lyre Tail Pleco
Hedgehog Pleco, Lyrehalet Kæmpesugemalle (Denmark), Schwarzer Elfenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Amazon River.
Synonym(s) Rinelepis acanthicus
Pronunciation ah KAN thi cuss
Etymology This name is derived from the Greek word akantha, meaning quill or spike, in reference to its spiny body. This specific epithet literally means hedgehog and refers to its numerous body spines.
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Size 530mm or 20.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus can be distinguished from other similar genus by the combination of lack of adipose fin and the well-developed, rough keels along the side of the body.
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Distribution South America: Amazon River basin.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Selecta genera et species piscium quos in itinere per Brasiliam, pp 3, Pl. 1 (figs. 1-2).
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Last Update 2022 Jan 19 09:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)