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doraslilhitman 01-13-2009 12:32 AM

pleco ID plz? pic included

hey I took a pic of my 4.5 inch pleco dorsal view. He has uncoalesced dark spots on top and bottom and exhibits a brown banding pattern i do not see on the smaller one...any idea to what species? (scientific name please)

he has at least 12 dorsal rays so i know its of the genus pterygoplichthys

onefish2fish 01-13-2009 12:37 AM

going out on a limb and saying pterygoplichthys pardalis or pterygoplichthys gibbiceps but im only guessing so dont mark my words

onefish2fish 01-13-2009 12:38 AM

doraslilhitman 01-13-2009 12:49 AM

i dont think it can be pardalis because pardalis have to have coalesced cheveron pattern on the sides and this one doesnt could b a gibbiceps...does the pattern have something to do with it? this one isnt old enough to distinguish the characteristic crest of gibbiceps

Lupin 01-13-2009 02:52 AM

Do you have side view pics please?

wato 01-18-2009 08:00 PM

thats one big and blury pic hahaha

doraslilhitman 01-20-2009 09:03 PM

This is the best i got, sorry for taking so long. doesnt look like a gibby but doesnt look quite like a pardalis and hes really brown

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