|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterygoplichthys xinguensis (Weber, 1991)|
|Type Locality||Rio Fresco, affluent of Rio Xingú, Amazon system, Aldeio Gorotire, munic. São Felix do Xingú, Pará State, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||terry gop LICK thees|
|Etymology||Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.|
|Size||270mm or 10.6" 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.|
|Distribution||South America: Xingu River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (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||Unreported in captivity, in nature, the male fish occupies a tunnel in soft river bank in which the eggs are laid and guarded. The egg mass of bright orange eggs contains thousands of eggs.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Revue Suisse de Zoologie v. 98 (no. 3), pp 640.|
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|Last Update||2020 Oct 12 23:10 (species record created: 2012 Feb 07 06:14)|