Albino plecostomus
Albino plecostomus

Albino plecostomus

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Classification / NamesCommon names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Loricariidae (Armored catfishes) > Hypostominae
Etymology: Hypostomus: Greek, hypo = under + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).

 

 

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution rangeEcology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.2 - 8.2; dH range: ? - 28.   Tropical; 20°C - 28°C (Ref. 2060); 12°N - 25°S, 60°W - 51°W

 

 

DistributionCountries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

South America: Guianan coastal drainages. Have been introduced to several Asian countries for the aquarium trade (Ref. 2060).

 

 

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26543); common length : 28.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)

 

 

Short descriptionMorphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 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    Glossary   (e.g. epibenthic) 

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).

 

 

Life cycle and mating behaviorMaturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Deposits eggs on smooth rocks. Eggs are guarded by one or both parents. May deposit eggs in depressions (Ref. 2060).

 

 

Main referenceUpload your references | References | Coordinator : Fisch-Muller, Sonia | Collaborators

Burgess, W.E., 1989. An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p. (Ref. 6868)

 

 

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans 

  Harmless