|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys ambrosettii (Holmberg, 1893)|
|Common Names||Snow King Pleco
|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.|
|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.
|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)|
|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.|
|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)|