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sexing pleco hypothesis
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PostPosted: 2011.11.19(Sat)9:35    Post subject: sexing pleco hypothesis Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 2011.11.19(Sat)14:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

The adipose fin is the same in both genders.

There are way of telling the sexes apart with adult fish but often when people think they have two plecos of opposite sexes they often turn out to have two different species.
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PostPosted: 2011.11.19(Sat)18:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 2011.11.19(Sat)19:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are seversl species that get sold under that name - not all are genus Hypostomus.
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PostPosted: 2011.11.20(Sun)6:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

In our Gallery section we've packaged Hypostomus spp. and Liposarcus spp. under the generic name Common Plecos (plural), but there are certainly other genera that could be included. Many fishkeepers, even the more experienced ones, don't really care exactly what species of pleco they have...
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PostPosted: 2011.11.20(Sun)10:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 2011.11.20(Sun)10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said, most hobbyists don't really bother to go that deep into learning how to into distinguish these species of common plecos, a task which often involves counting fin rays and other such subtle characteristics, or figuring out from which river the fish was collected.

If you really want to go deep into the topic, I'd suggest you explore www.planetcatfish.com and www.fishbase.org
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