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Hypostomus plecostomus (Sucking catfish; Suckermouth catfish; Spotted pleco; Sea hasar; Plecostomus)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Hypostomus plecostomus, the suckermouth catfish or common 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 plecostomus sold in aquarium shops, most are actually members of other genera.
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Adult Length [1]  20 inches (50 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In a nest
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Speleophils (cavity generalist)
Brood Guarder [1]  Yes
Litter Size [1]  3,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  10 years
Diet [2]  Planktivore
Female Maturity [1]  1 year


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Florida Peninsula United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    


Caiman crocodilus (Common caiman, Spectacled caiman)[3]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


America, North - Inland waters; America, South - Inland waters; Argentina; Asia - Inland waters; Bangladesh; Brazil; Guyana; Laguna de Bay; Malaysia; Nearctic; Neotropical; Oriental; Philippines; South America: Guianan coastal drainages. Have been introduced to several Asian countries for the aquarium trade (Ref. 2060).; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Taiwan; Thailand; USA (contiguous states); United Kingdom; Viet Nam;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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