What Kind Of Pleco Is This?

  1. T

    T Wong Initiate Member


    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. s

    smee82 Well Known Member Member

    Looks like a common to me

  3. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

  4. C

    Coptapia Member Member

    It's Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps.
  5. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    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

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    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. C

    Coptapia Member Member

    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. C

    Coptapia Member Member

  9. C

    Coptapia Member Member

    Tried to edit there but it double posted..