|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys anisitsi Eigenmann & Kennedy, 1903|
|Common Name||Schilderwels (Germany)|
|Type Locality||Laguna of Río Paraguay at Asuncion, Paraguay.|
|Synonym(s)||Ancistrus anisitsi, Ancistrus multiradiatus alternans, Liposarcus anisitsi, Pterygoplichthys juvens|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees - ah nee sits 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).|
|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.|
|General Remarks||Fishbase lists 42cm TL.|
|Distribution||South America: Paraguay, middle Paraná, Bermejo, and Uruguay River basins.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Uruguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná, Bermejo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná, Bermejo, Lipeo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.5 - 8.2|
|Temperature||21.0-24.0°C or 69.8-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|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||Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. v. 55 503.|
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|Last Update||2015 Oct 02 07:28 (species record created: 2007 Apr 14 18:07)|