|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys weberi Armbruster & Page, 2006|
|Common Name||Ranger Pleco|
|Type Locality||Laguna El Vaticano, Río Caqueta drainage, Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia.|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish. Named for Claude Weber of the Muséum d?histoire naturelle, Geneva.|
|Size||197mm or 7.8" 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).
Most similar to P. punctatus. Easiest identification character is the spots on the abdomen, which are few on this species and many on P. punctatus. For further details, see reference.
|Sexing||Comparison 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.|
|Distribution||South America: Rio Marañon, Rio Ucayali, Rio Caquetá and upper Rio Amazonas drainages of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Pastaza, Bobonaza (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|Feeding||Omnivorous and a good algae eater, especially when young.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Almost any medium sized community fish.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Neotropical Ichthyology v. 4 (no. 4), pp 406, Fig. 5.|
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|Last Update||2020 Oct 03 06:44 (species record created: 2004 Jul 05 00:00)|