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Armored Catfish

Pterygoplichthys pardalis (Hypostomus pardalis)


Anybody interested in a research project on this Amazon catfish? Looking to create a virtual field guide and need to natural history notes.


coming soon!


These are frequently pulled out of the Sucasari River near ExploNapo Lodge.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Hypostomus plecostomus Plecostomus
Priyankar 7 years ago
Black Hi-Fin Pleco L108
Hypostomus cf. emarginatus

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Priyankar 7 years ago

These guys cause a lot of trouble in non-native habitats where they are released by irresponsible fish-keepers.

jakewade97 9 years ago


wow nice look fish..

oxyjack 9 years ago

Cool fish!

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 9 years ago

It does look like an awesome plecostomus!

KarenL 9 years ago

Very cool fish!

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

Glad to help. I must admit I am not a fish expert, however, I did have one of these in my aquarium years ago. They are very cool fish. BTW, I am glad to see you are bringing awareness to a region that has so much biodiversity to offer. Good luck and much success to you.

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Very interesting looking catfish.

AmazonWorkshops 9 years ago

Yay Birding for Fun! You nailed it for me. The dorsal spines are the key. Thanks very much. This is why I love Project Noah!

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

No problem. You may want to look at the Pterygoplichthys pardalis. I think this is the specific one. It is Peruvian and found in the Amazon. Plus it looks very much like the one you posted.

AmazonWorkshops 9 years ago

Thanks Birding for Fun. You've given me a place to start in figuring out the species found in the part of the Amazon where we work.

harsuame 9 years ago

Interesante pez

Daniel McNair
Daniel McNair 9 years ago

I'm just curious if they "croak" like the catfish I'm used to?

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Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jul 26, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

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