What Kind Of Pleco Is This?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by T Wong, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. T WongNew MemberMember


    Im not sure what kind of pleco he is... we got him in a fish store where they were pretty limited in the English they spoke.
  2. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    Looks like a common to me
  3. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlfWell Known MemberMember

    Hard to tell, looks like he's in a super dirty tank. All the dust and dirt on him is hiding a lot. And his dorsal fin being down hides some. But what I can see of the pattern of spots, approximate length of the dorsal fin, stripes on the pectoral fins, Looks like a goldspot pleco. L001, Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus


  4. CoptapiaValued MemberMember

    It's Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps.
  5. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    I don't consider it identifiable by that photo. Of the two names mentioned, it is similar to the second, but I would want to get a fuller view of the dorsal and color pattern without the dirt.
  6. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlfWell Known MemberMember

    No, it's skin pattern, what you can see, is wrong. It's orange spots on a black background, like the Goldspot. Not the reverse which a gibbiceps has, large black patches on an orange background. Or an orange lace if you prefer.

    I have one of each right next to me. :)
  7. CoptapiaValued MemberMember

    I know both species very well too, but I think you're right. Looking harder I see orange spots on the body (and obviously the fins). What was throwing me was the median ridge on the head with joselimaianus doesn't have, but this fish is very underfed which can account for the emaciated head shape.
  8. CoptapiaValued MemberMember

  9. CoptapiaValued MemberMember

    Tried to edit there but it double posted..

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