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Scientific Name Acanthicus hystrix  (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
Common Names L155, Lyre Tail Pleco
Hedgehog Pleco, Schwarzer Elfenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Amazon R.
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 600mm or 23.6" 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)

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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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References Selecta Piscium Brasiliam - pp3 - Pl. 1 (figs. 1-2)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)