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  • Pterygoplichthys ambrosettii
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Scientific Name Pterygoplichthys ambrosettii  (Holmberg, 1893)
Common Names Snow King Pleco
Snesugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Río Paraguay, in front of Formosa.
Synonym(s) Glyptoperichthys anisitsi, Liposarcus anisitsi
Pronunciation terry gop LICK thees - am bro set eye
Etymology Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. Ten or more dorsal rays (usually more than 10) indicates that it's a Pterygoplichthys. Most other plecos have 8 or fewer rays (in particular the larger Hypostomus species that are most likely to be confused with Pterygoplichthys).

The common name, ''snow-king'' pleco comes from the fishes vivid greenish white patterning on a dark background.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution Argentina & Paraguay: Rio Paraguay.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Omnivorous and a good algae eater.
Furniture Larger fish will unwittingly uproot plants. Large pipes are best for hiding places.
Compatibility Peaceful as the larger plecos go.
Suggested Tankmates Almost any medium sized community fish.
Breeding Commercially bred in large outdoor ponds in Florida, US.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference Revista del Jardin Zoológico de Buenos Ayres v. 1 (no. 12), pp354.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 14:41 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)