Marked as a "Angelicus" but I think is a "Bristlenose"

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Marked as a "Angelicus" but I think is a "Bristlenose"

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So I've had this one for about 10 months it was trial and error getting the diet right. Pretty much ignores all algae in the tank, algae wafers, and Repashy Supergreen. Loves going after shrimp pellets, and Bug Bites Bottom Feeder food and chews on wood nearly constantly. Very active in the day and goes under a log or in the cave at night. I didn't know nearly enough about Plecos when I got this one at the LFS and the tank was marked "Angelicus Pleco" but looking at pictures looks closer to a "Bristlenose" just without the "bristles", so female?. Is just barely over 3 inches at this point. I just want to make sure I'm taking good care of this one. One of my favorite fish at this point.
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Re: Marked as a "Angelicus" but I think is a "Bristlenose"

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Yup, it's a bristlenose.

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Re: Marked as a "Angelicus" but I think is a "Bristlenose"

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Thank you, Jools! That's what I thought after learning more about them.
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Re: Marked as a "Angelicus" but I think is a "Bristlenose"

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Hi,

as you already suggested it is a female, yes. The name "Angelicus pleco" is used more often for this fish than one might assume, it has some spots, so why not call it "Angelicus"? Same name is applied to P. albomaculatus, H. contradens, L 107, L 181 etc. I guess it is because the spots are also present in S. angelicus, hence the reference, even though the term "angelicus" itself does no refer to the spots if not the overall appearance.
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