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Scientific NamePterygoplichthys lituratus  (Kner, 1854)
Common NameL196
Type LocalityRio Guapore near Mato Grosso, Amazon system, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Ancistrus lituratus, Glyptoperichthys lituratus
Pronunciationterry gop LICK thees
EtymologyGreek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. 
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Size 370mm or 14.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationPterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. 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).
SexingComparison of the genital papilla in mature fish shows the differences in the sexes to the trained eye. In males this is a small yet thick stump which noticeably protrudes from the fish's undercarriage. In females it is less obvious and is recessed or lies flat with the body.
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DistributionSouth America: Madeira River basin.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingOmnivorous and a good algae eater, especially when young.
Suggested TankmatesAlmost any medium sized community fish.
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ReferencesDenkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 7 285 [35] Pl. 5 (fig. 3)
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Last Update2007 Mar 16 04:40 (species record created: 2007 Feb 23 21:13)