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unissuh
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: 2011.03.13(Sun)19:15    Post subject: Plec ID Reply with quote

Stumbled across these pictures in a for sale ad on another forum:

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq14/djtr3s/IMGP5283.jpg

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq14/djtr3s/IMGP5282.jpg

Anyone got an idea on what species it is? Looks a bit like a Chaetostoma sp to me, but I can't figure out the species. C. platyrhynchus maybe?

EDIT: Maybe Parotocinclus sp too?
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deborah_claro
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PostPosted: 2011.03.17(Thu)7:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to be tricky, but I'd like to give it a shot.

Chaetostoma
, in general, have higher-set and closer-set eyes than the fish in your (ad) photos. I wish they had provided a photo of the mouth because that would be the most telling feature. Chaetostoma have very wide mouths compared to other Loricariidae. It's remarkable.

The top view in your photos reminds me much more of a Panaque or even Peckoltia species. But which one? (Rhetorical question.)

I can see some vague banding, especially in the tail and there appears to be a network of lines on the face.

Look at this:
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=panaque+sp%28l206%29&image_id=6415

The fish in your (ad) photos has this same sort of look. Much more so than a Chaetostoma species. I assume the increments we see on the ruler are in cm and inches.

I notice that the pectoral fins in your (ad) photos don't seem wide enough for some Panaque species. That may narrow the choices down.

There are so many plecos, this is difficult! And, too, I'm trying to consider what would be readily available in the hobby.
HTH a little bit?
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Deborah
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