Hypostomus plecostomus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Suckermouth catfish
Hypostomus plecostomus
photo by Galvis, G./Mojica, J.I./Camargo, M.

Family:  Loricariidae (Armored catfishes), subfamily: Hypostominae
Max. size:  50 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; pH range: 6.19999980926514 - 8.19999980926514; dH range: 28
Distribution:  South America: Guianan coastal drainages. Have been introduced to several Asian countries for the aquarium trade (Ref. 2060).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 3-5. Body short and robust; caudal peduncle not depressed. Upper parts of head and body encased in longitudinal rows of scutes; lower surface of head and abdomen naked.
Biology:  Feeds on algae and small crustaceans. Is cultured in ponds in Singapore and Hong Kong for the aquarium trade, where it is very popular (Ref. 2060).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 19.05.06
Checked by: Weber, Claude - 31.10.01

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