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What do our pleco's names actually mean?

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 05:52 PM

While in chat the other day some great info came up that I thought would be nice to share with everyone else. I sure did not know this before hand.

Ancistrus: are named for hooked interopercular, think of anchors. View species in this family here.

Baryancistrus: bary means heavy, ancistrus means hooks. So, more exaggerated hooks than regular ancistrus. View species in this family here.

Pseudancistrus: means not as prominent as ancistrus. View species in this family here.

Megalancistrus: are named for large interopercular odontodes. View species in this family here

Hypancistrus: are named for fine pointed interopercular odontodes, think of Hypodermic needles. View species in this family here.

L Numbers:
As for L numbers many have asked in the past why some fish do not have an L number, an example would be Hypostomus luteus. These fish have been scientifically described a long time ago. Once described we drop the L number. Many still use L numbers for fish that have long since been described as it is easier for more of us to recognize what kind of fish you are talking about.


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Posted 18 February 2010 - 06:03 PM

yap, planetcatfish give the etymology of all of the genus and for some, the etymology of the species names also.

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