Hypostomus cochliodon

Rusty pl*co

Hypostomus cochliodon is one of the more interesting plecos that I have kept as it is a diurnal wood eater. My fish is currently around 128 mm SL (170 mm TL) as measured today. I’ve been meaning to measure it for a while as it would be interesting to know if it ever reaches the 230 mm as reported by Webber (2003)[1], or remains at the 7 inch mark, as the original paratypes mentioned by Kner[2]. The fish feeds well on courgette and wood, but takes no interest in dry pellets.

I was quite surprised that the fish had no Wikipedia article… it has one now!

[1] Webber, C. (2003). R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. ed. “Loricariidae – Hypostominae (Armored catfishes)”. Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America (Editora Universitária da PUCRS): 351-372

[2] Kner, Rudolf (1854). “Die Hypostomiden. Zweite Hauptgruppe der Familie der Panzerfische. (Loricata vel Goniodontes)“. Denkschriften der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Classe der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 7: 265-267 (15-17). Retrieved 6 November 2011.

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