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Scientific NameAcanthicus hystrix  (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
Common NamesL155, Lyre Tail Pleco
Hedgehog Pleco, Schwarzer Elfenwels (Germany)
Type LocalityAmazon R.
Synonym(s)Rinelepis acanthicus
Pronunciationah KAN thi cuss
EtymologyThis 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 600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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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DistributionSouth 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)
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Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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ReferencesSelecta Piscium Brasiliam - pp3 - Pl. 1 (figs. 1-2)
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60, (2) arapaima, (3) lookyloo, (4) clunkster, (5) petri, (6) Armadillo Del Rio, (7) Osiris, (8) snowwie, (9) fuzzytigerbird, (10) ChanggyChinggy, (11) airlik73, (12) Acanthicus, (13) Emuz-Atik, (14) plecomanpat, (15) ElTofi, (16) Brisch, (17) Iiriva, (18) plecoed78, (19) recumbent, (20) Divinehammer, (21) Garfield1969 (p: 2), (22) PseudaSmart, (23) protopterus, (24) Loc, (25) knifegill, who also notes: "Still waiting for ANYONE to step up and share care advice".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)