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Scientific Name Peckoltia caenosa  Armbruster, 2008
Common Names LDA020, Mud Pleco
LDA021, Muddersugemalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Caño Maraca, tributary of Caño Igues - Río Portuguesa, Guanare-Guanarito road at road kilometer 60, 8°49'39"N, 69°20'42"W, Rio Orinoco drainage, Portuguesa, Venezuela.
Pronunciation peck OLE tea ah
Etymology Peckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. From the Latin caenosus meaning muddy or dirty, in reference to the muddy colouration of this species and its preference for muddy habitats.
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Size 135mm or 5.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification From original description:
Peckoltia caenosa can be identified from all other species of Peckoltia by having dark vermiculations on the abdomen (vs. spots, long, fairly straight, wide lines, or plain).
Sexing Males develop small teeth-like odontodes which adorn the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of the fishes body. Females remain unadorned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when the area just behind the pectoral fins is viewed from above.
General Remarks LDA20 is the adult form of the same species represented by LDA21. They were introduced in Das Aquarium magazine September 1995.
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Distribution South America: Venezuela: found in the llanos of Venezuela in rivers draining into the middle Río Orinoco.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2017.
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Feeding Omnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater. Well fed individuals will not damage most plants. User data.
Furniture Rock piles and wood tangles. Plants are not vital.
Compatibility Peaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.
Suggested Tankmates A medium sized pleco that can be combined with a very wide array of tankmates due to its unfussy nature. Perfectly safe with small fishes and shrimp or robust enough to withstand the attention of all but the largest cichlids.
Breeding Cave spawner.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa No. 1822, pp 20, Fig. 12.
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Last Update 2022 Feb 03 10:31 (species record created: 2001 Nov 03 00:00)