BigFrogFeet (1) Nikola Banjeglav
(1) Danny Blundell (1) Acuario
Marcelo (1) Ian M. Clift (1)
Given two L-numbers in the
past, L021 and L023. Part of the P. multiradiatus
group due to the lack of the hump on the head which
relates to the P. lituratus group. The genus
name has now been reclassified back to Pterygoplichthys
from Liposarcus due to the work carried
out by J.W. Armbruster 2004. There are still
some publications that still use Liposarcus
as the preferred genus name. Description:
Pterygoplichthys species can be differentiated
from the Hypostomus group by the larger amount
of dorsal fin rays, which is usually over 10. This
is probably why it has been miss sold many times as
the hobby. Albino varieties first arrived in the U.K.
in the early nineties through breeding programs carried
out in the Czech Republic and it is now a common species
bred in the Fish farms of the Far East and also Florida
in the United States. This species has also been introduced
in the Philippines alongside P. disjunctivus
probably from unwanted aquarium specimens. Aquarium
Care: Grows too large for the majority of
home aquariums so would need to be housed in a 6ft
(180cm) tank or over. Can be housed with most large
fish due to its robust nature. Diet:
Omnivore, vegetable and meaty foods plus flake, tablet
and pellet foods. Will eat algae when young but not
so much when it gets older.
Lower, middle and upper Amazon River basin. Introduced
to countries outside its native range.
2004. Phylogenetic relationships of the suckermouth
armoured catfishes (Loricariidae) with emphasis on
the Hypostominae and the Ancistrinae. Chavez, J.M., R.M. de la Paz, S.K. Manohar,
R.C. Pagulayan and R. Carandang VI, 2006.
New Philippine record of south american sailfin catfishes
(Pisces: Loricariidae). Zootaxa 1109:57-68. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.