|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pseudacanthicus sp. (L065) , 1990|
|Common Names||L065, Blizzard Cactus Pleco |
Hvidplettet Kaktussugemalle (Denmark), Mustang Cactus Pleco
|Pronunciation||SUE dah KAN thi cuss|
|Etymology||Pseud- Greek: False, Acanthicus - Greek: Spiny, Thorny. Literally "False Acanthicus" referring to this genus being similar to, yet different from, Acanthicus.|
|Size||200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The German common name for this genus is ''Cactus Pleco''. A good name! Pseudacanthicus is a member of the Acanthicus clade. Species of the Acanthicus clade are distinguished from other Loricariidae species by the presence of (1) longitudinal rows of keels (pointed odontodes) along the body sides; (2) eight or more dorsal-fin rays (vs. six or seven in most other loricariids except Pterygoplichthys, Chaetostoma, Pogonopoma and Pseudancistrus pectegenitor); (3) seven to eight infraorbitals (vs. usually five or six); (4) five anal-fin branched rays (vs. usually four); and (5) presence of hypertrophied odontodes along the snout margin (vs. hypertrophied odontodes absent in other loricariids except Isbrueckerichthys and Pareiorhaphis, in Neoplecostominae; Panaque and Pseudancistrus and Neblinichthys, in Ancistrini; and most dimorphic males of Loricariinae). Within the Acanthicus group, Pseudacanthicus is distinguished by the presence of two small plates in the posterior area of the compound pterotic (vs. one median plate or plate absent), and by the presence of narrow premaxillae with a small number of elongate and curved teeth (except from Leporacanthicus). |
Aqualog matches DATZ.
|Sexing||Aqualog matches DATZ.|
|General Remarks||This L-number belongs to an obviously young fish. These fish are very variable both in terms of juvenile Vs. adult colouration and simply colouration differences between individuals of the same age!|
|Distribution||Reportedly from the Rio Tocantins, Pará, Brazil. |
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Feeding||Carnivore although not a predator, prawns and chopped mussel appear favourites and promote favourable growth. Some vegetable should also be provided and thus balances diet.|
|Furniture||Proportionally sized pieces of bogwood (the fish does not appear to particularly like rockwork) are a good idea as are equally dimensioned pipes. Plants are just a nuisance to this fish and while not orally molested, they tend to be battered by the fishes movement.|
|Compatibility||Generally peaceful but territorial from a young age. Some large specimens are aggressively territorial and may cause problems if housed with other large nocturnal fish.|
|Suggested Tankmates||The temptation with large tough Loricariids is to keep them with other large tough fish such as Oscars or other brutish characters. This actually works quite well with most omnivorous or mainly vegetarian plecos. Pseudacanthicus despite their defensive protection can be bullied by faster moving fish of similar size. They are carnivores and only eat vegetables when their preferred food is unavailable. The amount of waste produced depends on their diet but is considerably less than a Panaque or Pterygoplichthys of similar size.|
|Breeding||Unknown although almost certainly a cave / pipe spawner.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.|
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|Last Update||2022 Jan 14 11:17 (species record created: 2002 May 19 00:00)|