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Can anyone tell? M/F?


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#1 angelcraze

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

I actually don't know for sure what type of pleco this is, maybe an L-002, but what I wanted to know, is if by the pic, can anyone figure out if this pleco is male or female?  If so, why do you figure?  I am learning about plecos,  I have two of these, got them form a friend who doesn't remember what they were labelled as.  I am hoping I have a male and a female. 

 

One is fatter and shorter by a bit, but they both seem to be 'hairy' and I think they both have pectoral odontal growth too.  Maybe both sexes develop this, just males more so?  Oh ya, and this pic is of the longer, thinner one.

 

Sorry for the huge pic, I just wanted to show as much detail as I could.

 

Thanks!! 

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:01 AM

If you wanna learn about plecos buy the back to nature guide to L catfish by Ingo Seidel, that pleco is a type of peckolita,possibly a Clown L002 hard to tell from the side angle.  Anyways in the book here theres an little paragraph on each genus of plecos on diet, characteristics, sexual dimorphism, distribution, diet and maintenance in the aquarium. "Sexual Dimorphism: Sexually mature males with prolonged odontodes behind the gill cover, on the pectoral fin spines and on all the scutes of the posterior body.  Above all the thinckened upper caudal-fin ray is extremely strongly bristled"

 

Hope that helps ya out

 

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:31 AM

I will see if I can find it, thanks.  You think it's a clown pleco?

 

Caudal fin is extremely bristled.......like spikey?  I see those areas being hairy, but would you consider that prolonged odontodes?



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:04 AM

Thats a rough translation from I'm guessing Spanish, basically the males are furrier and have longer spikes than females in certain places like under the tail on their front two side fins and on the end of the tail then they will be furrier and also have longer spikes behind their gills. Females also get nice and plump when full of eggs however a fat male can also look quite plump lol

 

Also clown plecos are either L002 or L102 I cant remember off the top of my head but almost all peckolitas are very similar in colouration.  That is if it is a peckolita, as I said before its really hard to tell from the side angle on a mostly brown fish lol






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