Weird name for Pleco variantions?

mastersafara

New to Plecos. I’ve recently become fascinated with the fancier Plecos. I noticed the odd letter/number names attached to their nicknames. Can anyone tell me more about this and if there’s a complete ID list on the web with all the variations and photos of each one.
 

chromedome52

PlanetCatfish is the site for catfish ID of all kinds.

The L-numbers were started by Datz, a German hobby magazine, to keep track of the many different Plecos that were being imported. So many of these species were undescribed, and even those that did have names had yet to be identified. There was a book published with basic data about the various species. The same information can be found at PlanetCatfish.
 
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mastersafara

PlanetCatfish is the site for catfish ID of all kinds.

The L-numbers were started by Datz, a German hobby magazine, to keep track of the many different Plecos that were being imported. So many of these species were undescribed, and even those that did have names had yet to be identified. There was a book published with basic data about the various species. The same information can be found at PlanetCatfish.
Thanks for replying with the info!
 
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