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|Pterygoplichthys sp. (L472)
|L472, Bolivian Pleco
Boliviansk Sugemalle (Denmark)
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|Greek, pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin + Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, ichthys = fish.
|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).
|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.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Mamoré, Guaporé (Iténez), Paraguá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Omnivorous and a good algae eater, especially when young. User data.
|Almost any medium sized community fish.
|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.
|There is no breeding report.
|There is no registered keeper.
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|2022 Jan 22 14:04 (species record created: 2014 May 20 21:02)