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The **Suckermouthed Catfish** (_Hypostomus punctatus_) is a tropical fish known as a _Plecostomus_ belonging to the armored suckermouth catfish family (_Loricariidae_). _Hypostomus punctatus_ is a freshwater fish native to South America, in the coastal drainages of southeastern Brazil and Uruguay. It is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the **Common Pleco** by aquarists. Appearance and anatomy Suckermouthed catfish is a species of _Loricariidae_. Like other members of this family, it has a suckermouth, armor plates, strong dorsal and pectoral fin spines, and the omega iris. These fish grow to about 30 centimetres (12 in) TL. _Hypostomus punctatus_ is difficult to distinguish from closely related species, such as _Hypostomus plecostomus_. Identification is relatively difficult as there are many different similar species labelled as Common Pleco. This species has a light brown coloration with a pattern of darker brown spots (the last part of its scientific name, _punctatus_, means "spotted").
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_Hypostomus plecostomus_, the **suckermouth catfish** or c**ommon pleco**, is a tropical fish belonging to the armored catfish family (_Loricariidae_), named for the armor-like longitudinal rows of scutes that cover the upper parts of the head and body (the lower surface of head and abdomen is naked). Although the name _Hypostomus plecostomus_ is often used to refer to common plecostomi sold in aquarium shops, most are actually members of other genera. Suckermouth catfish are of little or no value as a food fish, although they are at least occasionally consumed over their native range. However, they are of great value in the aquarium trade in the United States. Distribution and habitat This species' native range is tropical South America; it naturally occurs in Brazil, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname though it has been widely introduced to several countries around the world. _H. plecostomus_ occur in the wild in fresh running waters and brackish waters of river mouths.
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_Hypostomus plecostomus_, the **suckermouth catfish** or c**ommon pleco**, is a tropical fish belonging to the armored catfish family (_Loricariidae_), named for the armor-like longitudinal rows of scutes that cover the upper parts of the head and body (the lower surface of head and abdomen is naked). Although the name _Hypostomus plecostomus_ is often used to refer to common plecostomi sold in aquarium shops, most are actually members of other genera. Suckermouth catfish are of little or no value as a food fish, although they are at least occasionally consumed over their native range. However, they are of great value in the aquarium trade in the United States. Distribution and habitat This species' native range is tropical South America; it naturally occurs in Brazil, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname though it has been widely introduced to several countries around the world. _H. plecostomus_ occur in the wild in fresh running waters and brackish waters of river mouths.
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_Pterygoplichthys pardalis_ is a tropical fish, a _Plecostomus_ in the Armored Catfish family (_Loricariidae_). Some synonyms for this species are _Hypostomus pardalis_, _Liposarcus pardalis_, _Liposarcus varius_, and _Liposarcus jeanesianus_. It is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the **Common Pleco** or "**leopard Pleco**" by aquarists. It will grow to a maximum length of 42.3 centimetres (16.7 in) SL. _Pterygoplichthys pardalis_ is sometimes confused with the _Hypostomus plecostomus_ (another armored catfish known as the "Common Plecostomus"). The two species can be distinguished by their number of dorsal rays. _P. pardalis_ has 11–13, while the H. plecostomus has only 5–8 dorsal rays. _P. pardalis_ is native to the Amazon River Basin of Brazil and Peru and prefers water with a 7.0–7.5 pH, a water hardness of 10.0–20.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 73.4–82.4 °F (23.0–28.0 °C). Although normally a bottom-dwelling fish, they have the ability to breathe air from the surface of the water during dry periods and those in which dissolved oxygen is too low. As an aquarium fish they are hardy and suited for beginners. Peaceful and well suited for most "community" tank environments, they are mainly herbivorous but will feed on a wide range of fish food offered to them.
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_Pterygoplichthys pardalis_ is a tropical fish, a _Plecostomus_ in the Armored Catfish family (_Loricariidae_). Some synonyms for this species are _Hypostomus pardalis_, _Liposarcus pardalis_, _Liposarcus varius_, and _Liposarcus jeanesianus_. It is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the **Common Pleco** or "**leopard Pleco**" by aquarists. It will grow to a maximum length of 42.3 centimetres (16.7 in) SL. _Pterygoplichthys pardalis_ is sometimes confused with the _Hypostomus plecostomus_ (another armored catfish known as the "Common Plecostomus"). The two species can be distinguished by their number of dorsal rays. _P. pardalis_ has 11–13, while the H. plecostomus has only 5–8 dorsal rays. _P. pardalis_ is native to the Amazon River Basin of Brazil and Peru and prefers water with a 7.0–7.5 pH, a water hardness of 10.0–20.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 73.4–82.4 °F (23.0–28.0 °C). Although normally a bottom-dwelling fish, they have the ability to breathe air from the surface of the water during dry periods and those in which dissolved oxygen is too low. As an aquarium fish they are hardy and suited for beginners. Peaceful and well suited for most "community" tank environments, they are mainly herbivorous but will feed on a wide range of fish food offered to them.
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_Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus_ is a tropical fish known as a **Plecostomus** belonging to the armored catfish family (_Loricariida_e). Named for its sail-like dorsal fin, the part of its scientific name _multiradiatus_ means "many-rayed" and refers to the rays of the dorsal fin. _P. multiradiatus_ is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the common pleco by aquarists. Other scientific names that were used (as synonyms) for _P. multiradiatus_ include _Hypostomus multiradiatus_, _Ancistrus multiradiatus_, and _Liposarcus multiradiatus_. _P. multiradiatus_ is sometimes confused with _Pterygoplichthys pardalis_, which is a different species of pleco. _P. multiradiatus_ goes by a number of common names. It can be called the "**long-fin armored catfish**" in Hawaii, "**sailfin catfish**", "**sailfish catfish**", "**many-rayed (multiradiatus) pleco**" or "**radiated ptero**" in the USA, 多輻翼甲鯰 in Mandarin Chinese and janitor fish in the Philippines, where it has become a local pest in the Marikina River and is sold in bulk, in efforts to eliminate the fish.
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_Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus_ is a tropical fish known as a **Plecostomus** belonging to the armored catfish family (_Loricariida_e). Named for its sail-like dorsal fin, the part of its scientific name _multiradiatus_ means "many-rayed" and refers to the rays of the dorsal fin. _P. multiradiatus_ is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the common pleco by aquarists. Other scientific names that were used (as synonyms) for _P. multiradiatus_ include _Hypostomus multiradiatus_, _Ancistrus multiradiatus_, and _Liposarcus multiradiatus_. _P. multiradiatus_ is sometimes confused with _Pterygoplichthys pardalis_, which is a different species of pleco. _P. multiradiatus_ goes by a number of common names. It can be called the "**long-fin armored catfish**" in Hawaii, "**sailfin catfish**", "**sailfish catfish**", "**many-rayed (multiradiatus) pleco**" or "**radiated ptero**" in the USA, 多輻翼甲鯰 in Mandarin Chinese and janitor fish in the Philippines, where it has become a local pest in the Marikina River and is sold in bulk, in efforts to eliminate the fish.
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The **Hognosed brochis** (_Brochis multiradiatus_) is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the _Corydoradinae_ sub-family of the _Callichthyidae_ family. It originates in inland waters in South America, and is found in the western Amazon River basin in Ecuador and Peru. Some believe that this species should be classified as _Corydoras multiradiatus_ and _Brochis_ should be synonymized with _Corydoras_. The fish has about 17 dorsal fin rays as compared with the 11 or 12 commonly seen in _Corydoras splendens_. The snout is considerably longer than other species in the genus which explains the common name. The fish will grow in length up to 6.7 centimeters (2.6 inches). The hognosed brochis lives in a tropical climate in water with a 6.0–7.2 pH, a water hardness of 15 dGH, and a temperature range of 21–24 °C (69–75 °F). It feeds on worms, benthic crustaceans, insects, and plant matter. It lays eggs in dense vegetation and adults do not guard the eggs.
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_Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps_ is a species of armored catfish native to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela where it is found in the Orinoco and Amazon basins. _P. gibbiceps_ shows all the characteristic features of its genus—a large dorsal fin with more than nine rays, prominent nasal flares and a prominent hump or crest anterior to the dorsal fin as well as a substantial base to the dorsal fin. Adult fish easily attain a length of 50.0 centimetres (19.7 in) TL and can live for more than 20 years. A typical plec shape is shown, patternation consists of primarily irregular largish brown spots on a yellowish backgroung giving a honeycombed like appearance, additional pattern features common to related species may be visible on close inspection. As this fish grows the spots get smaller. Like most plecs this species is primarily vegetarian though will eat dead animals. In the wild these fish are found in shoals in sluggish rivers of the Amazon and Orinoco river systems, they also occupy flooded land during the wet season.
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_Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps_ is a species of armored catfish native to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela where it is found in the Orinoco and Amazon basins. _P. gibbiceps_ shows all the characteristic features of its genus—a large dorsal fin with more than nine rays, prominent nasal flares and a prominent hump or crest anterior to the dorsal fin as well as a substantial base to the dorsal fin. Adult fish easily attain a length of 50.0 centimetres (19.7 in) TL and can live for more than 20 years. A typical plec shape is shown, patternation consists of primarily irregular largish brown spots on a yellowish backgroung giving a honeycombed like appearance, additional pattern features common to related species may be visible on close inspection. As this fish grows the spots get smaller. Like most plecs this species is primarily vegetarian though will eat dead animals. In the wild these fish are found in shoals in sluggish rivers of the Amazon and Orinoco river systems, they also occupy flooded land during the wet season.
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_Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps_ is a species of armored catfish native to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela where it is found in the Orinoco and Amazon basins. _P. gibbiceps_ shows all the characteristic features of its genus—a large dorsal fin with more than nine rays, prominent nasal flares and a prominent hump or crest anterior to the dorsal fin as well as a substantial base to the dorsal fin. Adult fish easily attain a length of 50.0 centimetres (19.7 in) TL and can live for more than 20 years. A typical plec shape is shown, patternation consists of primarily irregular largish brown spots on a yellowish backgroung giving a honeycombed like appearance, additional pattern features common to related species may be visible on close inspection. As this fish grows the spots get smaller. Like most plecs this species is primarily vegetarian though will eat dead animals. In the wild these fish are found in shoals in sluggish rivers of the Amazon and Orinoco river systems, they also occupy flooded land during the wet season.
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_Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus_, is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil where it occurs in the Tocantins River basin. This species grows to a length of 30.5 centimetres (12.0 in) SL. Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterygoplichthys_joselimaianus) _Pterygoplichthys_ can be differentiated from most other loricariids due to their large dorsal fins with 9 or more (usually 10) dorsal fin rays, which gives them their common name "**sailfin catfish**". These fish have rows of armour plating covering the body; the abdomen is almost completely covered in small plates. Ecology Their primary food is plant matter. Their diet consists of algae, aufwuchs, general plant matter and possibly carrion. They are grazing animals or scavengers as opposed to predator fish.
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_Hypancistrus_ (from the Greek _hypo_ meaning under and _agkistron_ meaning hook) is a genus of loricariid catfish originating from the Amazon basin in South America. Unlike many of the other Loricariids, however, some _Hypancistrus_ species are more carnivorous and enjoy meat in their diet. _Hypancistrus_ species are popular aquarium fish, including such popular fish as the zebra pleco and Queen Arabesque pleco. Anatomy and appearance _Hypancistrus_, like other Loricariids, are armored catfish with a suckermouth. This suckermouth allows the fish to attach to objects. Their body is armored by scutes rather than covered in scales. These fish have strong pectoral and dorsal fin spines. The eye is specially developed with an omega iris. The body is flat on the ventral surface and naked (scaleless).These fish do not get very large; no species exceeds about 11 centimetres (4 in).
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_Hypancistrus_ (from the Greek _hypo_ meaning under and _agkistron_ meaning hook) is a genus of loricariid catfish originating from the Amazon basin in South America. Unlike many of the other Loricariids, however, some _Hypancistrus_ species are more carnivorous and enjoy meat in their diet. _Hypancistrus_ species are popular aquarium fish, including such popular fish as the zebra pleco and Queen Arabesque pleco. Anatomy and appearance _Hypancistrus_, like other Loricariids, are armored catfish with a suckermouth. This suckermouth allows the fish to attach to objects. Their body is armored by scutes rather than covered in scales. These fish have strong pectoral and dorsal fin spines. The eye is specially developed with an omega iris. The body is flat on the ventral surface and naked (scaleless).These fish do not get very large; no species exceeds about 11 centimetres (4 in).
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_Hypancistrus zebra_, gets its name from its black and white stripes, resembling the colouration of a zebra. It is a species of catfish endemic to Brazil where it occurs in the Big Bend area of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon River, and was first described in the early 1990s. This species grows to a length of 6.4 centimetres (2.5 in) SL. This fish was exported from Brazil in great numbers for sale as aquarium fish. However, currently the Brazilian government bans the export of certain _Hypancistrus_, including _H. zebra_. _H. zebra_ is threatened by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam in the Xingu river which will cause a severe reduction of the water flow of the entire known distribution range of the species. It is subject to several captive breeding programs. Mature males have a larger head and longer interopercular spines than females. After spawning, the males will guard the eggs. The fry swim after seven days and absorb the yolk sac in two weeks. In the aquarium
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_Hypancistrus_ (from the Greek _hypo_ meaning under and _agkistron_ meaning hook) is a genus of loricariid catfish originating from the Amazon basin in South America. Unlike many of the other Loricariids, however, some _Hypancistrus_ species are more carnivorous and enjoy meat in their diet. _Hypancistrus_ species are popular aquarium fish, including such popular fish as the zebra pleco and Queen Arabesque pleco. Anatomy and appearance _Hypancistrus_, like other Loricariids, are armored catfish with a suckermouth. This suckermouth allows the fish to attach to objects. Their body is armored by scutes rather than covered in scales. These fish have strong pectoral and dorsal fin spines. The eye is specially developed with an omega iris. The body is flat on the ventral surface and naked (scaleless).These fish do not get very large; no species exceeds about 11 centimetres (4 in).