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Pseudacanthicus sp. (L065)

Image contributors to this species:

Yann Fulliquet (1) Ole Paulsen (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus 

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Relevant Information:

Juveniles of this species are very pretty with large spots on a black background, but as they mature it will fade to a dull grey pattern. Males that are sexually mature will have a broader and longer head with bristles to the side of the head. They are also more colourful than the females and usually have a longer dorsal fin. This genus has been given the common name of Cactus Pleco's because of the spiny odontodes on the bodies of males and females. Aquarium Care: Would need a large aquarium as they are territorial. Provide hiding places and line-of-site barriers. Diet: This genera are carnivorous and as such would need feedings of mussels, fish flesh, tablet foods and frozen foods such as Artemia, mosquito larvae, mysis and krill.

Common Name:

Variegatus cactus Pleco, L065.




Loricariidae ycipitidae


Brazil: Rio Manacapuru, tributary of the Rio Negro.


20cm. (8ins)


25-29°c (77-85°f.)




Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p



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